Building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

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Building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

Postby nikdd » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:08 am

Steps for building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

The following are instructions on how to build on Ubuntu the latest development version (or a particular release) of Supermodel from the SVN repository.

These steps have been tested on Ubuntu 10.04 32-Bit & 64-Bit and Ubuntu 11.10 32-Bit. Apart from step 1 (which simply ensures that Ubuntu has the correct packages installed) the steps should be pretty much the same for other versions of Ubuntu and for other distributions of Linux.


1. Ensure you have the necessary tools installed (this only needs to be done once):

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sudo apt-get install subversion build-essential libsdl1.2-dev libglew1.5-dev zlib1g-dev

2. Download the source from SVN:

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mkdir Supermodel
cd Supermodel

a) To download the latest development version:

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svn co
cd trunk

b) To download a particular SVN revision of the code:

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svn co -r REVISION
cd trunk

where REVISION is the revision number, eg 264

c) To download a particular release:

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svn co

where VERSION is the release number, eg 0.1.2a or 0.2a.

NOTE: version 0.1.2a does not build under Ubuntu 11.10.

d) Alternatively, download the latest release's source in a tar file from

3. Compile the source:

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ln -s Makefiles/Makefile.SDL.UNIX.GCC Makefile

4. Run the emulator:

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cd bin
mkdir Config NVRAM Saves
cp ../Config/Supermodel.ini Config
./Supermodel PATH_TO_ROMS/

where PATH_TO_ROMS is the path to where all your ROMs are and GAME is the name of the game's ROM.

NOTE: for version 0.1.2a, the location of the outputted executable is different and there is no Supermodel.ini to copy.

See for more help with running Supermodel.

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Re: Building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

Postby sergio-br2 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:40 pm

Are there any reason to not use Supermodel from the PPA? There are packages there since 2015 May...
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Re: Building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

Postby addamm » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:03 am

>>> Building Supermodel3 on (Arch)Linux <<<

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# pacman -S gcc make sdl subversion
$ mkdir srcbuilds
$ cd srcbuilds/
$ svn checkout model3emu-code
$ cd model3emu-code/
$ ln -s Makefiles/Makefile.UNIX Makefile
$ make -j(NumberOfYourCPUs)
$ cp -r Config/ bin/
$ cd bin/
$ mkdir {NVRAM,Saves,roms}
$ ./supermodel roms/

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Re: Building Supermodel on Ubuntu Linux

Postby Bart » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:12 am

Thanks for posting that! I’ll soon fix the Makefile to make those folders automatically.
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