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[HOWTO] Install SBaGen in Fedora

I am running Fedora 14 32 bit (and now Fedora 15 64 bit for which I have updated the article) and I wanted to install SBaGen for some binaural entertainment. So, here is how I did it:


mkdir sbagen
cd sbagen
tar xzvf sbagen-1.4.4.tgz
cd sbagen-1.4.4

Install dependencies

sudo yum install libmad-devel libvorbis-devel gcc

Run Build Script

For 32 bit:


For 64 bit:

wget ""
tar xzvf "libvorbisidec_1.0.2+svn16259.orig.tar.gz"
cd "libvorbisidec-1.0.2+svn16259"
sudo make install
sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib64/
cd ..
cp /usr/lib64/ libs/linux-libvorbisidec.a
cp /usr/lib64/ libs/linux-libmad.a

That should build a sbagen executable in the same directory. Run the following to verify:


It should output something like this:

SBaGen – Sequenced Binaural Beat Generator, version 1.4.4
Copyright (c) 1999-2007 Jim Peters,, all rights
reserved, released under the GNU GPL v2. See file COPYING.

Usage: sbagen [options] seq-file …
sbagen [options] -i tone-specs …
sbagen [options] -p pre-programmed-sequence-specs …

For full usage help, type ‘sbagen -h’. For latest version see or

Now, copy it to /usr/bin/ and thats all.

sudo cp sbagen /usr/bin/

Now, you must be able to run it. Try running an example:

sbagen examples/basics/prog-chakras-1.sbg

If you get something along the lines of:

Can’t open /dev/dsp, errno X

You will need to prefix the command by padsp like this:

padsp sbagen examples/basics/prog-chakras-1.sbg

Hope this helps.

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