Chapter 1: Installing Tab

Before you can use tab, you must first install it. Your first step in installing tab is to select where to do so. Three posiblities are:

Tab Program Fonts/Support Files
/usr/bin/tab /usr/lib/*
/usr/local/bin/tab /usr/local/lib/tab/*
~/tab/tab ~/tab/fonts/*

The first column is the exact path to the tab program. The second column is the directory where you will install the fonts and such. You don't have to install to these locations. You can install to anywhere you want, you may want to install it somewhere else in your home directory, or may want to dedicate a partition to tab for some reason. To avoid confusion, this manual assumes that the first option on the chart is used.

You must login as the superuser (i.e. root) to install tab anywhere in the /usr directory. You should login with your regular username to install in your home directory (~/). Instructions for logging in are beyond the scope of this manual.

Once you have logged in, copy the file lute_tab4.2.8.tar.gz to a temporary directory, where it will be hacked to bits for installation. Make sure that you copy the file. That way if something goes wrong, you still have a copy of the original file. Change to the temporary directory with cd and enter the following command:

tar -xzvf lute_tab4.2.8.tar.gz

This will extract all of the needed files from the tar.gz file. It is now safe to remove the copy file with rm.

Create the directory that will hold the support files (/usr/lib/tab).

mkdir /usr/lib/tab

Move all of the *.*pk and *.tfm files to this direcory. This can be done with the following commands (assuming you are in the temporary directory where you extracted all the files):

mv *.*pk /usr/lib/tab
mv *.tfm /usr/lib/tab

Once that is finnished, edit the Makefile (this is a file called 'Makefile'). There is a line in there as follows:


Change this line to indicate the location of the support files, for example:

TLOC '"/usr/lib/tab"'

Save the altered file and run make like so:


This will create the tab binary file (the actual program). Move it to the directory where you chose to install it:

cp tab /usr/bin

Now you're finnished. Tab is installed.

Tab comes with a few example tabliture files (*.tab), and a few *.mf files. The *.mf files are for metafont. If you don't know what that is, you can, most likely, delete them safely. When you 'maked' the tab program file, quite a few *.o files were created, these should be deleted. All files not mentioned in this chapter are used for different installation methods and may be deleted safely. You may also delete the temporary directory you were using to install tab.
Manual Author: Vincent Damewood (