BBBike - a route-finder for cyclists in Berlin and Brandenburg
You can check on http://bbbike.sourceforge.net/downloads.en.html for prebuilt BBBike packages (Windows, einige Linux-Distributionen, MacOSX, FreeBSD).
The following installation steps are necessary only for installing BBBike from source.
You can find the newest source distribution file of BBBike in the directory http://sourceforge.net/projects/bbbike/files/BBBike/ . The current source version is http://sourceforge.net/projects/bbbike/files/BBBike/3.18/BBBike-3.18.tar.gz/download .
For FreeBSD there is a port for BBBike in the category german. For older versions of FreeBSD, you can find the port at http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/ports.cgi?query=bbbike&stype=all. To install the application via the ports system type:
cd /usr/ports/german/BBBike make all install
If you don't have the BBBike port, you can install BBBike like in other UNIX's.
First, you have to install perl. Most operating systems have perl already bundled. You can check with
whether and which version of perl is installed. Otherwise you can find perl at http://www.perl.org/get.html. You need at least version 5.005, but newer perl versions (5.6.x, 5.8.x, 5.10.x, 5.12.x, 5.14.x, 5.16.x) work, too.
Next step is to extract the BBBike distribution:
zcat BBBike-3.18.tar.gz | tar xfv -
If perl/Tk (the recommended version is 804.028 or 800.025) is not installed: type as super user:
cd BBBike-3.18 perl -I`pwd` -MCPAN -e shell force install Bundle::BBBike_small quit
Perl/Tk will be fetched over the internet, get compiled and installed. "force" is needed because some modules (especially Tk) have expected test failures and therefore would not be installed. If you have problems, especially with the internet connection, then you should follow the instructions in
on how to install a perl module manually (in this case: the Tk module).
After that, you can start the program with
To compile some XS modules (this is optional and needs a C compiler) and install the panel entry for KDE/GNOME, type:
You can also use Bundle::BBBike instead of Bundle::BBBike_small. This will install more Perl modules, some of them only useable for the development, but some of them enabling more features of BBBike.
If you choose to not use "perl install.pl", but you want to compile and install the XS modules for better performance, then you have to execute
This requires the perl module Inline::C.
Mac OS X comes already with perl 5.8.x. Now you just need XDarwin and Perl/Tk to get BBBike running. For instructions how to setup Perl/Tk on Mac OS X refer to the comp.lang.perl.tk newsgroup (see http://groups.google.com).
The following instructions are from Wolfram Kroll:
Get http://sourceforge.net/projects/bbbike/files/BBBike/3.18/BBBike-3.18.tar.gz/download and (from http://www.cpan.org) perl-5.8.4-stable.tar.gz, Tk-804.027.tar.gz
Perl configured to use dynamic libraries:
# sh Configure -des -Duseshrplib # make # make test # sudo make install
--> /usr/local/ is the default (the original Perl is preserved)
Tk: that is not a Aqua-Tk, but rather is for X11, but...
in an X11 window: # make test
sudo make install
bbbike under X11
To compile bbbike under X11 the "Xcode" development tools are needed.
These can be found either on a CD-ROM of the same name (for older Macs)
or in the Applications folder under
(for newer Macs).
An X11 environment or Darwin environment is also required (package X11SDK).
Mac OS Classic is not supported.
BBBike and Perl need approx. 32 MB hard disk space.
Download the file http://sourceforge.net/projects/bbbike/files/BBBike/3.18/BBBike-3.18-Windows.exe/download and just start it for the installation program.
As an alternative, you can install BBBike just with the sources. Steps for Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP users:
Download the perl distribution from the ActiveState webpage:
or alternatively use Strawberry Perl:
The Tk module needs to be installed using the following commands in cmd.exe:
perl -MCPAN -eshell force notest install Tk quit
Download BBBike-3.18.tar.gz and extract this file. The unpacked directory may be moved to another position in the filesystem.
Open the explorer, change to the BBBike-3.18 directory and call
The installation program creates entries in the start menu and a desktop icon.
If you have Cygwin (http://www.cygwin.org/) installed, you can start a cygwin shell and follow the UNIX instructions.
For very old systems (Windows95, 98) you can download an older distribution with Tk included:
You have to extract this file with WinZip or gunzip+tar. In the
extracted directory, there will be the installation program
install.bat. Call this program in the MSDOS prompt and follow the
If you're using this old version of perl (5.004_02), you also need an old version of BBBike, at least older than version 3.00.
Windows 3.1 is not supported anymore. Older BBBike versions (for example 2.x) have instructions on how to use BBBike under Windows 3.1.
To execute BBBike on Unix, change to the bbbike directory and type
in the shell. With a full KDE/GNOME installation, there is an icon in the application menu item of the start menu. On Windows, there is a start menu entry for BBBike.
To switch the English language support, please set the LC_ALL, LC_MESSAGES, or LANG environment variables to "en" or something similar (for FreeBSD and Linux, this is "en_US.UTF-8"). For Unix, this can be done with
env LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 perl bbbike
Some versions of BBBike are tested with: Linux (Debian wheezy, Debian squeeze, Debian etch, Ubuntu 12.04, CentOS, Suse 7.0 und 6.4, Red Hat 8.0), FreeBSD (Version 9.1, 9.0, 8.0, 6.1, 4.9, 4.6, 3.5), Windows (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT 4.0, 98, 95), MacOSX (10.4, 10.5 ...), Solaris (Version 8 und 2.5). The development machine runs with FreeBSD.
There is a simple cgi version at
More information for the CGI version at:
The current BBBike development may be tracked via git.
To fetch the git repository type the following in the command line:
git clone git://github.com/eserte/bbbike.git
to update the next time
cd bbbike git pull
The git repository is frequently updated and also contains the current data.
It is also possible to download a current snapshot using the URL http://www.bbbike.de/cgi-bin/bbbike-snapshot.cgi.
To update only the data part of BBBike, just download the current data
as a ZIP file from http://www.bbbike.de/cgi-bin/bbbike-data.cgi. The ZIP file has to be
extracted in the BBBike program directory (Windows: in
The data may also be updated within the Perl/Tk application, using the menu item Settings > Data update over internet.
The documentation can be accessed in pod format (
bbbike.pod) or in
html format (
bbbike.html). You can read the pod version with tkpod,
perldoc or from bbbike (if Tk::Pod is installed).
The most important parts of the application (
Strassen/Inline.pm) and the data in the
data are released unter the
The other files can be redristibuted either under the Artistic License or
the GPL. Please refer to the source files.
Some module und files from other authors are included in this
lib/your.pm by Michael G Schwern,
lib/Text/ScriptTemplate.pm by Taisuke Yamada,
ext/Strassen-Inline/heap.[ch] by Internet Software
ext/BBBikeXS/sqrt.c by Eyal Lebedinsky.
BBBike-3.18-Windows.zip contains a partial
Strawberry Perl distribution, see
Slaven Rezic, E-Mail: email@example.com