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Building Einstein on Linux Systems

Einstein currently only runs correctly on 32-bit platforms. So you need to build a 32-bit binary. This is a problem in 2018, because most systems are now 64-bit native. Until all of the code is updated, you will need to install some 32-bit native development and shared libraries on your system. They will be part of the "i386" or "i686" architecture, depending on your distribution.

  • libc and libstdc++
  • libX11 and libXau
  • libffi
  • Sound libraries, depending on your target:
    • ALSA
    • Pulseaudio
    • Portaudio

Once you have installed 32-bit libraries from your distribution, cmake needs to be able to tell the compiler to build 32-bit objects, as well as search for and link against those 32-bit libraries. This is done by telling cmake to build Einstein as if we were cross-compiling for another platform - which we are, in a way.

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  • Check out the Einstein repository to a location, we'll call it [repo-dir]
  • cd [repo-dir]/_Build_/CMake
  • ./ && make install

If all goes well, an einstein program will end up in [repo-dir]/bin/[Platform]-Release/

If you want a debug build - because you like running emulators slower, or you like cryptic debugging logs, or you are an Einstein developer - pass the debug argument to This will end up in [repo-dir]/bin/[Platform]-Debug/

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