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I'm a PhD researcher in Applied Anthropology, and I am trying to dictate fieldnotes to my Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (x86_64 3.2.0-36-generic). I undestand Simon is a "simple install-and-go project" which fits my unix basic skill level.

Installing Simon, I followed instructions on these two other Questions Unable to install Simon and simon listens 4.0 build error, thanks to all of you there!

I couldn't solve the problem "The following packages have unmet dependencies: simon : Depends: libattica0 but it is not installable", so I started compiling from the source using "build_ubuntu.sh" script, as suggested by Takakt in the first Question above. (first time for me compiling). Then I encountered all the problems told by Matthiew and Xiao-Long Chen in the second Question above. So I installed a lot of libraries.

I still have this error: anyone can help me, please? Thanks so much!

-- Found Qt-Version 4.8.1 (using /usr/bin/qmake)
-- Found X11: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libX11.so
-- Found KDE 4.8 include dir: /usr/include
-- Found KDE 4.8 library dir: /usr/lib
-- Found the KDE4 kconfig_compiler preprocessor: /usr/bin/kconfig_compiler
-- Found automoc4: /usr/bin/automoc4
-- Found Qt-Version 4.8.1 (using /usr/bin/qmake)
-- Found X11: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libX11.so
-- Found Qwt: /usr/lib/libqwt.so
CMake Warning at /usr/share/kde4/apps/cmake/modules/MacroOptionalFindPackage.cmake:32     (find_package):
  Could not find module FindQAccessibilityClient.cmake or a configuration
  file for package QAccessibilityClient.

  Adjust CMAKE_MODULE_PATH to find FindQAccessibilityClient.cmake or set
  QAccessibilityClient_DIR to the directory containing a CMake configuration
  file for QAccessibilityClient.  The file will have one of the following


Call Stack (most recent call first):
  CMakeLists.txt:56 (macro_optional_find_package)

-- Found SphinxBase 
-- WARNING: OpenCV was not found. Please specify OpenCV directory using OpenCV_DIR     env. variable
-- BackendType='both'

-- The following external packages were located on your system.
-- This installation will have the extra features provided by these packages.
   * KDE PIM Libs - KDE Libraries for PIM
   * Sphinxbase - Open source toolkit for speech recognition
   * PocketSphinx - PocketSphinx is a small-footprint continuous speech recognition     system

-- The following OPTIONAL packages could NOT be located on your system.
-- Consider installing them to enable more features from this software.
   * LibSampleRate  <http://www.mega-nerd.com/SRC/>
     Resampling library
     Required to activate resampling.
   * qaccessibilityclient      <https://projects.kde.org/projects/playground/accessibility/libkdeaccessibilityclient>
     KDE client-side accessibility library
     Required to enable ATSPI plugin.
   * OpenCV  <http://http://opencv.willowgarage.com/>
     OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision) is a library of programming functions for     real time computer vision
     Required for Simon Vision


CMake Error: The following variables are used in this project, but they are set to     NOTFOUND.
Please set them or make sure they are set and tested correctly in the CMake files:
    linked by target "eventsimulation" in directory /home/miro/Downloads/simon-    0.4.0/simonlib/eventsimulation

-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
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Note: We built Simon on Raspbian (Raspberry Pi) (Was a bad idea anyway). This should help you out too.

QAccessibilityClientConfig.cmake qaccessibilityclient-config.cmake

aptitiude install libqaccessibilityclient0 libaccessibility-dev

WARNING: OpenCV was not found. Please specify OpenCV directory using OpenCV_DIR

aptitude install libopencv-dev

LibSampleRate http://www.mega-nerd.com/SRC/

aptitude install libsamplerate0-dev 

You will also need:

aptitude install libboost-dev

I also needed the following packages to compile successfully:

aptitude install libasound2-dev libxtst-dev 
aptitude install bison
aptitude install libqwt6 libqwt-dev
aptitude install kdepimlibs5-dev kdepimlibs

It seems that Pocketsphinx and Sphinxbase are allready on your system. But you will also need Sphinxtrain. You will need to compile it from source (Note: they have to be in the same directory). Get it here:


or try the HTK Speech Modul


Those who try to compile Simon on a armhf Based Platform will get the error message:

error: no matching function for call to 'qBound(double, qreal, qreal)'

replace the doubles to float around line 222 in qwt_bars_item.cpp, and line 65 qwt_bars_item.h


Those steps should result in a successful build of Simon.

To use Simon, make sure you have Julius and libqt4-sql-sqlite installed.

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Wow, I still have much to do! Thanks JohannesM, very much. aptitude install libqaccessibilityclient libaccessibility-dev gives me the following error: Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "libqaccessibilityclient" Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "libaccessibility-dev" –  miro marchi Feb 1 '13 at 11:26
it's ibqaccessibilityclient0. I've missed the zero. –  JohannesM Feb 2 '13 at 14:29
Actually I missed it but still Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "libqaccessibilityClient0" –  miro marchi Feb 2 '13 at 18:20
Instead of libqaccessibilityclient0 on 12.04, I had to install kaccessible. That resolved my issue. Well, that plus doing all of the other stuff that JohannesM suggested above. :) –  alaina Jan 3 at 20:10
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Following answer from JohannesM :

The correct spelling for the two packages are : libqaccessibilityclient0 and libqaccessibilityclient-dev but they are not in default repositories for 12.04. You can find them on there :


http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/package/kubuntu-ppa_beta/precise/main/base/libqaccessibilityclient-dev for example.

libxtst-dev should also be installed to avoid the error with X11_XTest_LIB

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thanks, I'll check this out soon! –  miro marchi Apr 20 '13 at 15:10
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