Apple Shake on Debian Linux 6.0 64-bit [updated]

Updated for Debian 6.0 “squeeze”.

If you’re like me you think Shake was the pinnacle of image compositing packages. Everything else is just more of the same. One thing it still does better than anything is allow for back end pipelines. ALL of shakes compositing features are available from the command line. This is because in version 1, you had to build your compositing ‘trees’ by writing text files by hand (with vi of course). More or less you typed out your own .shk file.Yep, scriptwriter heaven. The actual UI didn’t appear till 1.5 or maybe 2 (my memory is hazy on this techinical bit).

So, I’m still interested in running it (on linux) to this day. However in the modern world Shake needs a little to help to run on these newer operating systems.

After a grueling few hours of crawling through the cobwebs I’ve figured it out. Assuming you’re doing most of the stuff here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1264840.html

You need these packages:
libx11-6_1.0.3-7_i386.deb
libxi6_1.0.1-4_i386.deb

Install the /usr/lib/lib* files in the .deb archive from to the $NR_SHAKE_LOCATION/lib/

2 thoughts on “Apple Shake on Debian Linux 6.0 64-bit [updated]”

  1. Hey Pink. You forgot to mention that by replacing the library many of your X clients use might break other programs that expect the newer interface. So if you only expect to sun Shake on the machine then you’ll be fine, otherwise, beware of strange crashing programs.

  2. Yeah, I tend to write these thing after a beer or two (and hours of frustration so I don’t forget). It could be clearer.

    Indeed one SHOULD NOT install the .deb from the link above. Rather extract the .deb and copy the libX11* files into the $NR_SHAKE_LOCATION/lib/ (this way the linker finds them) – I could see how the post may lead some astray into screwing up their systems. I would hope that apt would complain horribly about this though – suggesting to remove a thousand packages or something.

    thanks for the feedbacks. I gotta get me a fancy face icon.

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