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Hi everyone,

I am migrating the neigbours' pc from Windows XP to Linux Mint 13 "Maya" xfce, but I am running into trouble getting the ID-card software to work.

Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04, but there seems to be some difference in kernels (I hope I say that right - see

I have followed the instructions on, but no luck.

Could anyone help me out by providing me with step-by-step instructions for Mint 13 (or by pointing me to the right instructions, if they are already there)?

Many thanks!

küsitud 12. apr 2014 kategoorias Tarkvara - Steven (0 punkti)

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Ubuntu 12.04, 13.10, ..  is Linux today, not Mint. ;)

vastatud 12. apr 2014 - rastik (0 punkti)
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In that script, line 5 you have something like this:

OPSYS=$(cat /etc/lsb-release | grep CODENAME= | sed -e 's/DISTRIB_CODENAME=//')

When you use Mint, it detects OPSYS variable as maya which is what mint 13 is called. Obviously there is no such repo for mint and the script returns an error. Luckily mint is based on ubuntu, so you only need to modify that script a little. Replace that line I mentioned with this one:


Save the file and execute it with

sudo sh

If everything went well you should be able to use our ID-card software.

avatar vastatud 12. apr 2014 - mihkel (1 punkt)
I have tried three readers by now, so I'm pretty sure that is not the issue.

I'll try with a clean install and then installing the ID-card software first. If that doesn't help, I'll move to Mint 16 "Petra", which is not an LTS.

Thanks for your help!
Using Ubuntu landed me the same problem.

Can this have something to do with the fact that this is a dual boot with WinXP?
Steven, what's th output of this command:
dpkg -l opensc*
P.S dualboot is not the issue in here.
Hi Imre,

The output of that is:

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                      Version                   Description
ii  opensc                    0.12.2-2ubuntu2-1-ubuntu- Smart card utilities with support for PKCS#15 compatible cards
I do not understand why exactly, but now it works (Mint 13 "Maya", based on Ubuntu 12.04 "precise").

The only thing I did differently is to allow "unsafe" updates, in a bid to get the newest Ubuntu stuff. Previously, I had only applied the "safe" updates.

Mint adds a safety level to updates (1 to 5). 4 and 5 are not marked by default. Ubuntu does not make that distinction, so I figured it was safe enough to mark them anyway.

What made me try that is that Mint 16 "Petra" (based on Ubuntu 13-10 "saucy") did work out of the box.

The next thing on my wishlist would be to add ID-card functionality to Chrome, if that is at all possible.

Thank you all for your time and your help!