Install Dxspider on a Debian system

Here is a list of command’s that i use to install dxspider on a fresh system.

sudo apt-get install wget
sudo apt-get install git-core
sudo groupadd spider
sudo useradd -m sysop -G spider
sudo usermod -g spider sysop
sudo passwd sysop
sudo adduser sysop sudo

Install the perl modules

sudo apt-get install libtimedate-perl
sudo apt-get install libnet-telnet-perl
sudo apt-get install libcurses-perl
sudo apt-get install libdigest-sha-perl
sudo apt-get install libdata-dumper-simple-perl

Simlink and reboot

sudo su
cd ~sysop
ln -s /home/sysop/spider /spider
shutdown -r now

After restart login as sysop

login sysop
cd ~
mkdir spider
git clone git://
cp -a /home/sysop/ /spider
rm -rf
cd /spider
git reset --hard
sudo su
cd /home/sysop/
chown -R sysop.spider spider
find . -type d -exec chmod 2775 {} \;
find . -type f -exec chmod 775 {} \;
cd /spider
mkdir local
mkdir local_cmd
cp perl/ local/
cp perl/ local/
cd local
- edit following the instructions in the comments
- edit to remove “#” from the line for the port, and add additional ports as needed:
@listen = (
 [“”, 7300],

Next create the sysop

cd /spider/perl/

Next get the us database

cd /tmp

The next step can take a few minutes

/spider/perl/ /tmp/usdbraw.gz
cd /spider/src

Let start the cluster

cd /spider/perl

On a separate ssh or system console, log into the system as sysop


From the command line of the console enter:

load/usdb # US database ?

Edit /etc/inittab to add the following two lines at the end of the file.
Start DXSpider on bootup and respawn it should it crash.

DX:2345:respawn:/bin/su -c "/usr/bin/perl -w /spider/perl/" sysop >/dev/tty6

Add a line to /etc/services for spider

spdlogin   7400/tcp     # spider anonymous login port

Add a line to /etc/inetd.conf for spider

spdlogin       stream  tcp     nowait  sysop   /spider/src/client client login ax25

Add a node to your system.
Create in the dir /spider/connect a file with the name of the node.

nano /spider/connect/pi1lap-4

timeout 15
abort (Busy|Sorry|Fail)
# don't forget to chmod 4775 netrom_call!
connect telnet 7300
'login' 'pi1lap-4'

Chmod 4755 pi1lap-4

Now login to your spider.


Hello Niels, this is PI1LAP-4 in Kortgene ZLD, Nederland
running DXSpider V1.55 build 0.196
Cluster: 241 nodes, 1 local / 433 total users  Max users 433  Uptime 5 03:45
PD2LT de PI1LAP-4  8-Dec-2017 1845Z dxspider >
Page Length is now 500
PD2LT de PI1LAP-4  8-Dec-2017 1845Z dxspider >

set/spider pi1lap-4
PI1LAP-4 set as DXSpider style Node
PD2LT de PI1LAP-4  8-Dec-2017 1847Z dxspider >