The old version of readesm was using a command-line interface to convert the tachograph data into html. If one wanted it shown in the browser, there was a script to convert the file, write it to a temporary directory, and then open that file in the browser. However, this approach turned out to be not portable at all.
There were other problems: readesm was using custom Makefiles, which apparently made compiling the source difficult. I was amazed to discover this wiki entry for fahrlinx, which contained information on how to install the windows version of readesm using wine. As the windows version at that time was cross-compiled in linux and lacked some features, readesm was clearly too difficult to compile.
The idea behind readesm is to show you exactly what is in the tachograph file.
Usually you will either associate readesm with a file extension, and have your file manager open readesm for you. Or you can open a file from readesm’s menu.
Alternatively you can use the command line:
will open the file in the gui, and
readesm tachofile.ddd tachofile.html
will convert the file into html format and save it as tachofile.html.
Free software toolchain for tachographs
To install all three programs in ubuntu:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:k-2005 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install readesm fahrlinx loadvu
It’s a bit more difficult in Windows, but should be possible nevertheless.
Download the latest files from the project page at sourceforge.
- Use the windows-installer (readesm-XX-win32.exe) to install. The latest version should also associate tachograph files with itself.
- If you cannot or do not want to install readesm, use readesm-XX-win32.zip
- Ubuntu users should either use my ppa or compile from source.
- Users of 64 bit windows might be able to run the 32 bit windows version. Unfortunately, I do not have access to a single 64 bit windows pc.
- For other operating systems, download one of the source packages and compile it yourself.