Another ugly blaaahg

April 3, 2007

iRiver E10 update script for Linux

Filed under: Computers, E10update, Music, Portable Media Players — Ketil @ 10:03

Maintaining one page instead of multiple posts. That just gets less confusing for me. Here’s the page

I started a script some weeks ago, when I bought my girlfriend an iRiver E10. It does the updating of the player. Here’s the script, along with a step-by-step guide.

1. Download pmplib and pmplibtools. This script has been tested with version 0.14.

2. Install it. I downloaded the rpm-packages and did: $ sudo alien pmplib*$ sudo dpkg -i pmplib* (That’s for a Debian-based system, like Ubuntu. You’ll figure it out!)
That gave me deb-packages I could install by:

3. Make sure you have zenity installed (you probably do, if you use Gnome)


5. Put it in /usr/bin: $ sudo mv /whereever/you/put/it/e10update /usr/bin

6. Make sure the script is executable: $ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/e10update

7. Run the script by simply: $ e10update

8. You might want to make a menu item for it. I used the mp3-player icon from the human icon set.


  • Make sure your player is mounted as /media/E10. The script needs to be changed if it’s mounted elsewhere.
  • There might be packages besides zenity and pmplib* that you need.
  • Line breaks in the wrong place in this script will cause the script to die horribly. You should be able to figure this out by yourself.


  1. […] April 9th, 2007 — Ketil e10update, originally posted with instructions here, was updated during Easter. I included a list of commands to run, so it can do more than just […]

    Pingback by Another ugly blaaahg — [Ketil rants here] Update to e10update: v0.2.20070409 « — April 9, 2007 @ 13:52

  2. How is your script different to or better than the easypmp deb that’s available for Ubuntu?

    Comment by andy gee — April 15, 2007 @ 13:44

  3. Geez… I was not aware that any comments had been posted. Anyway, my script uses easypmp (i.e. pmplib). It just adds some dialogs for people that are scared of command line stuff. It’s not rocket science, and I’m not creating something entirely new 🙂

    – Ketil

    Comment by Ketil — May 5, 2007 @ 22:32

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