How to install vbetool on CentOS 6.6?

I found CentOS 6.6 does not ship vbetool in its default repositories, EPEL or RPMfusion. How to install vbetool on CentOS 6.6?

First, download the source package from http://www.codon.org.uk/~mjg59/vbetool/ and unpack the package.

Second, install needed packages:

# yum pciutils-devel pciutils-devel-static libx86-devel

During the building, it will try to find the libpci.a in a different location from whether it is installed. Make a softlink for it:

# ln -s /usr/lib/libpci.a /usr/local/lib/libpci.a

Last, configure, make and install vbetool in “standard” way:

$ ./configure
$ make
# make install
Answered by Eric Z Ma.

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

One comment:

  1. How to install on CentOS 7:

    1.
    yum install pciutils-devel pciutils-devel-static libx86-devel gcc

    2. CentOS7 doesn’t have libx86.h:
    yum install epel-release
    wget http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/7/remi/x86_64/remi-release-7.7-1.el7.remi.noarch.rpm (You can download it from here: http://rpms.remirepo.net/enterprise/7/remi/x86_64/ – “remi-release…..rpm”)
    rpm -Uvh remi-release*rpm
    yum –enablerepo=remi install libx86-devel
    3. Download, install vbetool:
    wget http://www.codon.org.uk/~mjg59/vbetool/download/vbetool-1.1.tar.gz
    tar -xvzf vbetool-1.1.tar.gz
    cd vbetool-1.1
    sudo ln -sf /usr/lib64/libpci.a /usr/local/lib/libpci.a
    ./configure
    make
    make install

    4. If you have
    “mmap /dev/mem: Permission denied
    Failed to initialise LRMI (Linux Real-Mode Interface).”, then:
    setsebool -P mmap_low_allowed on

    5. It shoud work for poweroff monitor:
    sudo /usr/local/sbin/vbetool dpms off

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