Configure SHR for German-speaking use

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2009-09-01 first version with austrian stuff, and focus on everyday usability
2009-09-12 based on SHR unstable, and with opkg upgrade support
2009-10-03 Cannot satisfy the following dependencies ... libfso-glib0, that is an SHR issue, i hope it will be fixed soon
2009-10-03 moved name of page to "German", lots of docu updates, new images uploaded
2009-10-14 now with brand new SHR logo (I think I am the first to use it)
2009-10-18 geocaching added, it doesn't work too good, so don't expect too much :-)
2009-10-25 geocaching now sets route-target in agtl and also in navit, and you can drive with navit to the cache
2009-11-15 in a few days i will switch to new (mrmoku)-unstable, with lots of fixes. watch for it here. work has already startet
2009-11-19 As of TODAY!!! there is a new version of SHR-unstable out, but this package is still working


Please dont just edit away things without discussion. thanks.

--zoff99 17:04, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

looking for the NEW SHR unstable

if u feel lucky go to this page Configure_SHR_for_German-speaking_use_UPDATE_2

but beware, it could crash or worse (you have been warned)

--zoff99 16:24, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Overview, what is this page???

This article focuses on configuring SHR(-unstable) image for a daily use in a german speaking area. the author is Austrian so the main focus is on Austrian use. with help of other users it is also useable for germany, switzerland.


  • get more feedback from people !!!
  • get some of this stuff into main SHR branch

focus points (some are not provided by out-of-the-box SHR):

  • GTA02 (sorry i dont have a GTA01)
  • stable use as daily phone (calls, sms)
  • keep install and use as simple as possbile
  • keep reboot and crash frequency at 1/per day maximum (meaning only have to reboot once a day at most!)
  • stable use as navigation device in german-speaking area, with understandable german speech
  • only need to recharge once a day (meaning battery should hold 1 day in normal use)
  • prevent neo usage from driving you crazy, because some litte things just don't work
  • have all show-off and games stuff removed (it's fun for a while, but just a waste for everyday use)


  • have at least 1,5 hours of time ready, for the whole procedure
  • have fast internet, you need to download lots of stuff

Downloading Bootloader, Kernel, Root Image

NOTE: download exactly these versions of SHR from z0ph
    1. [1] qi boot loader (~30 KB)
    2. [2] kernel (kernöl ~2 MB)
    3. [3] root image (~70 MB)

These are the original names of the files:

qi-s3c2442-1.0.2+gitr3b8513d8b3d9615ebda605de4bda18371aa3f359.udfu # 09-May-2009 13:23 28K
shr-lite-glibc-ipk--20090906-om-gta02.rootfs.jffs2 # 06-Sep-2009 14:08 67M
uImage-2.6.29-oe11+gitr119844+a3587e4ed77974adfb057af261aaeea4022018e8-r3.5-om-gta02.bin # 01-Sep-2009 23:13 1.7M

Flashing Neo

The installation should be flashing like (do it in DFU mode of NOR u-boot):

 dfu-util -a u-boot -R -D qi.udfu
 dfu-util -a kernel -R -D uImage.bin
 dfu-util -a rootfs -R -D rootfs.jffs2

i have found that using the NAND for root-fs is the most relyable way. having the root-fs on the SD-card is slower and also files get suddenly lost or corrupt.


I - ChrisPZV - experienced this is even not fixed in the latest SHR-U (09. June 2010). When booting from NAND dd-ing back the partition table on resume as described there might bloody fix the problem.


  • boot up your neo, and let it run until you are logged in to your GSM net

it is recommended to use a working SIM card, and disable PIN number verification. but it will work without SIM card also.

Initial setup
Theme profile
Add icons
Quick launch

on 1st boot, when asked choose (see images above):

Language --> choose: english --> press next
Profile --> choose: Illume SHR --> pres next
Menus --> choose: System Default --> pres next
Quick Launch --> check NO box !! --> pres next
Ok :-)
  • then shutdown the neo (press and hold power button for a few seconds)
  • boot up your neo again, and let the neo log in to your GSM network again.

Customization Package

Preparing your SD card (you need to do this!)

login to your neo as root and make the base dir

cd /media/card
mkdir "____shr_testing"

for this step you must have a working SD-card in your freerunner with at least 1 partition. it can be FAT or ext2 or ext3

Download Customization Pack WITHOUT Maps for Navit

  • login as root an run
 cd /media/card/____shr_testing
 wget # 22 MBytes

Unpack Customization Pack

  • login to your neo as root
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/
gzip -d customize_pack_shr_no_maps.tar.gz
tar -xf customize_pack_shr_no_maps.tar

Download the Navit Maps

  • login to your neo as root
  • to download (or update!!) the austrian map file run (you need fast internet on your neo):
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/navit/
./ # this will download about 350 MBytes!!
  • for germany:
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/navit/
./ # this will download about 612M MBytes!!
  • for switzerland:
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/navit/
./ # this will download about 80 MBytes!!
  • or to download your map manually, visit:

and put the bin-file in this directory /media/card/____shr_testing/navit/maps/ and navit will use it automatically

  • or have a look at some preconfigured downloads:

at the moment you can have ONLY 1 .bin map file in that directory. so if you already have the german map file and want the austrian map file, you have to delete one of them. it's a navit bug.

If you want to use other types of maps you must edit the navit.xml file. For further information see

_privat-Folder in Customization Pack (this step is optional)

The privat folder can contain privat data with an addressbook that you want to copy to

  /home/root/.evolution/addressbook/local/system (not implemented yet)

or calendar data to

  /home/root/.evolution/calendar/local/system/calendar.ics (not implemented yet) 

or an modified navit-files (e.g. navit.xml or bookmark.txt, destinations.txt) that you want to replace with the existing files in:


or the AGPS-account details. So that you can use and restore these files after flashing your phone or checking other distributions and going back to SHR. View the and search for _PRIVATE_ in the script for further details. For copying files that are not used in the script, write your own small script as a post-installation script that copies all the relevant data from _privat to the correct location on your FR.

Localize it

Preselected country in Navit

With the current installation you will get Austria as a preselected country. If you want to change that for example to Germany, edit /usr/bin/ and change the following line

   export LANG=de_AT.utf8

to the LANG export

   export LANG=de_DE.utf8

so that Germany will be the preselected language.

update package index info (this is important!!)

  • start (as root on your neo):
cd /etc/opkg/
unalias mv
for i in *.conf ; do cat $i|sed -e 's#shr-unstable#shr-obsolete#g' > ${i}_X ; mv ${i}_X ${i} ;done

Run script

  • you NEED internet on your neo for this, otherwise dependent packages can't be downloaded
  • start (as root on your neo):
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/
  • this will take some time !! have coffee ready :-)
  • wait for the customize script to finish
  • now at least reboot 1 time (better 2 times)
  • wait at least 3 minutes after reboot (for frameworkd to settle down)
  • [UG1] now start (also as root on your neo):
mdbus -s org.freesmartphone.ousaged /org/freesmartphone/Usage org.freesmartphone.Usage.SetResourcePolicy Display enabled
opkg update
opkg remove -force-depends libfso-glib0
mdbus -s org.freesmartphone.ousaged /org/freesmartphone/Usage org.freesmartphone.Usage.SetResourcePolicy Display enabled
opkg install
mdbus -s org.freesmartphone.ousaged /org/freesmartphone/Usage org.freesmartphone.Usage.SetResourcePolicy Display enabled
opkg upgrade -force-defaults
  • [UG2] when finished start as root:
cd /media/card/____shr_testing/
  • hopefully no errors have occured

Test it

  • reboot your neo, and let the neo login to your GSM network
  • now navit should have austrian maps, and speak in german to you :-)
  • you can suspend/resume anytime! even when navit is speaking! yeah really, it works
  • date and time should also be correct
  • press AUX button quick and zedlock should come up, draw a big "Z" to unlock again
  • hold POWER button for 2 seconds, and neo will shutdown
  • if shutdown with POWER button fails, go to illume home screen, pull down the menu and press the big red "X", a menu should appear

Test it (german)

  • Navit sollte alles in deutsch anzeigen, österreichkarten laden und vor allem der Neo sollte beim Laufen von Navit nicht blanken oder suspenden.

Startup Times

0:00 press button to boot neo
0:17 splash logo visible
1:29 enlightenment splash screen visible
2:02 illume topshelf visible
2:28 illume desktop icons visible
3:34 GSM logged in

those times seem pretty catastrophic in comparison to a normal mobile phone yet for the neo they are really not so bad :-)




Installed Programs

German Keyboard

German keyboard, with German dictionary (word list). Gridpad keyboard, bubble-keyboard, literki-keyboard, qwo-keyboard (if you want this you can set it in the enlightenment config "wrench" under Keyboard section)


on first start choose language (german i guess), then enter name and password. can be anything, and you really don't need to remember it later. if you can't get AGPS working where you are, just wait for a GPS fix and upload that data to cellhunter. now you can instantly use it for AGPS, isn't that nice ...


refresh agps data from (and cellhunter), you need an account there (its free)

you can configure it in /etc/agps-online.conf

sample /etc/agps-online.conf:


Remark: Backup this file, if you have to flash your freerunner you just have to copy it to the folder /etc/.


With Htop you can see the memory usage of CPU processes


small webbrowser, usable but not really the best


Mokonnect, scans for WLAN networks, and does some other stuff (i have NOT yet successfully connected to any WLAN networks)


Navit version from SVN. it shows full austria,german und switzerland map. speaks to you in german. it takes almost all CPU you have, so don't push it too far. otherwise it works very well.


shr-settings from SHR. runs really fine. I just made some small changes


Terminal valaterm for working from shell, bash


Water level


use this great program ONLY as a last resort. it does NOT play well together with FSO and frameworkd


Intone music player. put your music files in /media/card/music/ directory


The program zedlock provides no icon. It is used when you press the AUX button to lock the screen. To unlock the screen just draw a big "Z" on the screen within 1 second

Screenshots gpe-scap

gpe-scap (no icons, only command line) login via ssh to your neo. start

 export DISPLAY=:0 ; gpe-scap

on commandline to make a screenshot

Locate Freerunner: sms-sentry

sms-sentry has no icon, it will send an sms with its location on demand. Send sms with text "sentry<passwd>:location" to your neo, and get an sms with current position back. default passwd is '12345'. you can confiure it in /etc/sms-sentry

sample /etc/sms-sentry:

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