I decided to document my setup of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron running with a weather station, the inexpensive WS-2310. I built this computer setup for a buddy who wanted to run a weather station, but didn’t want to buy a Davis Vantage Pro2. The machine is a Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 80G HDD, 1 GB of RAM.

  1. Download ISO for 8.04 Hardy Heron SERVER EDITION.
  2. Use PowerISO (Nero, Roxio, ISORecorder, etc.) to burn CD.
  3. Plug computer into network (needed for below step)
  4. Boot to this CD, in install mode (IF you have Windows or remnants of Windows on the target HDD, be sure to boot CD as a LiveCD, in interactive mode, and run the partition editor GParted to delete the remnants of Windoze, which WILL stop the installer from working).
  5. Select Automatic, Use Entire Disk in the options.
  6. Configure to taste, include Apache, MySQL, etc., then install Server Edition.
  7. Remove CD, boot, type in user name and password. you set above
  8. Type: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop, type password when prompted.
  9. When done, reboot into GUI (sudo shutdown -r now), login.
  10. Apply updates when prompted. Reboot.
  11. Go into Synaptic Package Manager. Install:
    • build-essential
    • libcurl4-openssl-dev
    • libgd2-noxpm-dev
    • libmysqlclient15-dev

    Or in a terminal window type:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential libcurl4-openssl-dev libgd2-noxpm-dev libmysqlclient15-dev"
  12. Download radlib and wview. Put them in your home directory
  13. Open a terminal window:
  14. tar xvzf radlib-2.7.5.tar.gz
    cd radlib-2.7.5
    ./configure --enable-mysql
    sudo make install
    cd ..
    tar xvzf wview-3.9.0.tar.gz
    cd wview-3.9.0
    ./configure --enable-mysql --enable-station-ws2300 --enable-http
    sudo make install-env
    sudo cp examples/Debian/wview /etc/init.d
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/wview
    cd /etc/rc2.d
    sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/wview S98view
    sudo apt-get install tnftp
    sudo /usr/local/bin/wviewconfig
    sudo /usr/local/bin/wviewhtmlconfig
    mysql -u root -p
    GRANT ALL ON wviewDB.* TO wvwuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY "wvwpasswd";
  15. Reboot. Should be all

Let me know if there’s any errors above, or you’d like me to detail some of the substeps better.


  • No development tools (compilers, libraries, etc.) are included with the basic install of Ubuntu desktop or server
  • I installed server and then a GUI above to get the priority mechanism of a server, with the user Interface of desktop, you could do the reverse, but this wasn’t right for me.
  • Ubuntu is a Debian variant.
  • I always use a MySQL database for my weather stations.
  • I enable FTP for uploading the weather files. When you do this, if you want the root of your webserver to be the weather page, you’ll need to change the document root for the default website from “/var/www” to “/usr/local/var/wview/img”. Alternately, if you don’t need the two to be the same, put a soft link to /usr/local/var/wview/img into the /var/www directory. Whatever you do, if you use FTP, do not move the /usr/local/var/wview/img directory.
  • Hey, everyone, per the comments, don’t forget to run vpinstall if you’re using a Vantage Pro instead of the WS-2310 I’m documenting here.

Update (Aug 9, 2009)

  • This process is no longer working for the current wview, and needs to be extensively updated for for the current version (5.x).