How to build and run the CMU Olympus-Ravenclaw dialog system framework – 1 ?

CMU has developed many speech related projects and you can take a look from these two places:
Olympus is one of them.

Olympus dialog system is a speech system envoling from CMU Communictor in history. Current wiki page are at here:

From SVN and wiki, we can know Olympus ended around 2015. From SVN history log of the Olympus, most of the components in Olympus were done around 2000-2006. This project stop major work at 2010. From 2010, they almost do nothing anymore on project code level.

To know about the Olympus, it is better to make it run and test it out, here I will note down how to to make the Olympus runs.


0. Take some time reading the wiki pages to get some clues, but if you try it out by wiki instructions, you will faces many difficuties as wiki, code and enviroment are very outdate and mismatched, these will bring you many issues.

1. Install a windows 7 computer, try to get an old computer having windows 7. it only can run at win 7 .

2. Download and install tortoisesvn, this one you can choose latest version:

3. Get CMake use the exe install for windows , I choose 3.4.0 version at here, do not choose latest version, it maybe cause issues.

4. Install ActivePerl from ActiveState – i choose 5.22 version

5. Install Python 2.7

6. Install java 8 with netbeans IDE (must with netbean!), MUST install it under default folder, as later olympus script can only looking for ant of netbean under the default folders:
C:\Program Files…..


7. Install Visual Studio – this is a bit troublesome, I tested VS 2010, it must have the SP1 to work with CMake :


VS 2012 version should be better. later you will know reason.

8. Intall TTS Flite – this step I do not think it is useful, as olympus has the flite in already. Maybe very very old version use this step.

9. Now, all software are ready, we need to config system environment:

Set the windows ENV for these:
OLYMPUS_ROOT = C:\CMU\olympus\2.6.1
LOGIOS_ROOT = C:\CMU\olympus\2.6.1\Tools\logios

Second LOGIOS_ROOT maybe no need anymore.

10. So, now we cna check out code to C:\CMU\olympus\2.6.1

I alos check out the example and tutorials to some folders


11. I before start build there are some perl module need be installed:
ppm install Win32::RunAsAdmin
ppm install Win32::Env

12. Enter the powershell, try to build the source:

cd C:\CMU\olympus\2.6.1

OlympusBuild.bat has a bug on source, you should change its content to this:
perl Build\
So I just use OlympusRebuild.bat to build it.

12. If you are lucky, then your build could be success. But most of chance you will get some errors. As this system is very old and it is very sensitive to software versoins.

Appears successful…

13. As I use the VS 2010 (10.0), so I need to open the file to change some text there.

$self->{‘BuildSysExe’} = $msbuildpath.’v4.0.30319/’.’MSBuild.exe’; # v 11.0
$vers = ‘10.0’; // here change 11 to 10 to match my VS version

MSBuild.exe location is at v4.0.30319/ folder for both VS 11 and 10, so I need to change $vers in this script to match with my VS version 10. This in fact a bug in this file.

14. OK now we have the Olympus compiled and installed, and next step to to run some examples to see how it works.