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Little Navmap does not detect MSFS install on Ubuntu 22.04

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Hey everyone,

 

The error message when launching Little Navmaps 2.8.12:

"Could not find a simulator installation on this computer. Also, no scenery library databases were found".

Tools > Connect to a flight simulator only shows 2 tabs: Xplane, and Remote/Network

 

I have the Steam version of MSFS installed on a Linux computer (Ubuntu 22.04).

The Steam install is located at /media/[user]/[drive]/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/MicrosoftFlightSimulator

The Community folder is located at /media/[user]/[drive]/SteamLibrary/steamapps/compatdata/1250410/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft Flight Simulator/Packages

 

Is there a way to point Little Navmaps to the right folder locations?

 

Thanks!

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I have the Steam version of MSFS installed on a Linux computer (Ubuntu 22.04).

BTW - does MSFS2020 Steam edition already natively work under SteamOS/Linux? 
Linux user here 🙂

Regards,
Piotr

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9 hours ago, SgtCapybara said:

"Could not find a simulator installation on this computer. Also, no scenery library databases were found".

This might help.

Alex

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Thanks Alex, I feel I'm making some progress. Here's where I am now:

  • Little Navconnect is running.
  • Little Navmap status is "Connected to remote flight simulator"

Navconnect logs:

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Little Navconnect

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Version 2.8.8 (revision d8a0eb5).

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Data Version 11. Reply Version 5.

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Connecting to X-Plane using the Little Xpconnect plugin.

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Starting server. This can take some time ...

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Server is listening on hostname pop-os (IP address 192.168.2.10) port 51968.

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Server running.

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Not connected to the simulator. Waiting ...

[2024-01-02 13:05:15] Connection from pop-os (192.168.2.10).

 

At the moment though, when flying, the plane doesn't appear on the map, the flight is not tracked. I don't have the impression that "Connected to remote flight simulator" is accurate.

 

On the navconnect manual it says:

You will see MSFS and X-Plane for for the Windows 64-bit build of Little Navconnect. FSX or Prepar3D and X-Plane are shown for For the 32-bit build of Little Navconnect.

These menu items are not shown on Linux and macOS since the only connection option is X-Plane.

 

Could that explain the connection issue on Linux? Does this mean Navmap is not compatible with MSFS on Linux?

 

 

8 hours ago, ppgas said:

BTW - does MSFS2020 Steam edition already natively work under SteamOS/Linux? 
Linux user here 🙂

Regards,
Piotr

You'll have to go to Steam > Settings > Compatibility, then activate "Enable steam play on all other titles".

Some people have reported issues, see https://www.protondb.com/app/1250410 - personally I'm alright (for now). It runs great, the only downside is that I had to buy it again (originally got it via the MS store).

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3 hours ago, SgtCapybara said:

At the moment though, when flying, the plane doesn't appear on the map, the flight is not tracked. I don't have the impression that "Connected to remote flight simulator" is accurate.

You have to "sit in the cockpit" and Navconnect needs a sim connection to see aircraft updates. Otherwise it says connected without showing the user aircraft.

3 hours ago, SgtCapybara said:

Could that explain the connection issue on Linux? Does this mean Navmap is not compatible with MSFS on Linux?

LNM under Linux does not need to know anything about MSFS, as the connection is simulator-independent. This mMeans that you can mix connections between Windows, Linux and macOS builds.

 

3 hours ago, SgtCapybara said:

[2024-01-02 13:02:09] Not connected to the simulator. Waiting ...

Seems that Navconnect cannot connect to X-Plane.
Did you install Xpconnect and can you see it in the X-Plane plugins menu? Navconnect needs Xpconnect for X-Plane.

Alex

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Hey Alex,

I know that troubleshooting issues remotely can be tricky, and I'd like you to know that I really appreciate your patience.

I decided to clean up everything and start over, in case I made a mistake when playing with some settings. Here's what I have now:

1. MSFS2020 (Steam version) installed on Ubuntu 22.04
2. LNM (LittleNavmap-linux-22.04-2.8.12.tar.gz) located in Documents on the same drive

MSFS2020 is running, I'm in a good old Cessna 152, staring at the cockpit.

I launch LNM, I see the welcome pop-ups when LMN loads up for the first time.

"Tools" -> "Create Directory Structure" is complete, the directory is created under /home/[user]/Documents/Little Navmap Files. It contains 7 folders, all empty.

"Scenery Library" -> "Load Scenery Library" is greyed out (no simulator)

"Tools" -> "Connect to Flight Simulator" brings up a pop-up window with only 2 tabs: "Xplane" and "Remote/Network". The "FSX, Prepar3D or MSFS" tab is missing.

The status messages at the bottom of the LNM window are:
- Not connected
- Database is empty

And that's where I am now.

Have I missed anything?

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MSFS runs in the Wine Windows emulation layer if installed from Steam AFAIK.  LNM cannot see/detect MSFS if running on Linux in this case.

You'd have to run the LNM Windows version in the same Wine instance to see MSFS. Then you should be able to load the scenery library and connect to MSFS. Never tried this but quite a brave approach.🙂 Keep me posted how it's going.

I'm using here Linux (Kubuntu) for development and all other serious work and Windows for flying.

Alex

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