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Giulio Moro, 2015-07-17 11:28 PM

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h1.  Compiling BeagleRT projects in Eclipse
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This document contains information on how to compile the BeagleRT software and upload it onto the BeagleBone Black.
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h2. Required tools
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This document assumes you have the following tools installed:
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h3. On Linux
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* Working Linux system, either running natively or on a virtual machine
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* Mercurial version control system ( Available as a package in most Linux distributions.
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* arm-gcc hardfp compiler toolchain (i.e. @arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc@ and similar. On Ubuntu, these can be installed from packages:
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sudo apt-get install gcc-arm-linux-gnueabihf
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sudo apt-get install g++-arm-linux-gnueabihf
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* Eclipse IDE (, including the C/C++ development tools
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* Xenomai libraries compiled for ARM hardfp _(details to come)_ ( you can probably do something similar to what described below for MacOS, make sure you use the appropriate paths, which might differ from the ones below)
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h3. On a 64bit MacOS X
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* You can get the arm cross-compiler toolchain from here, which will place the binaries into your /usr/local/linaro/arm-linux-gnueabihf/bin/ folder
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* xenomai libraries and include files are already on the BBB's SD card. You can copy them over to your machine as follows:
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cd ~
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ssh root@ "cd /usr/; tar -zcvf ~/xenomai.tar.gz xenomai"
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rsync -avz --remove-source-files bbb:xenomai.tar.gz .
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cd  /usr/local/linaro/arm-linux-gnueabihf/include/
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sudo tar -xvf ~/xenomai.tar.gz
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sudo rm xenomai.tar.gz
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* Make sure that the following line is in your Eclipse project's includes
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and the following line is in your Eclipse project's libraries search path
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h3. Other operating systems
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You have several options:
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# find your own way and share it here
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# use the Ubuntu VirtualBox image provided [ask for link].
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# compile on the board: [[ Compiling BeagleRT projects on the board]]
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h2. Getting started
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# Make sure you own a copy of the BeagleRT files, if you do not already:
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hg clone
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# Launch Eclipse and select a workspace (creating one if necessary).
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# In the Eclipse menu bar, choose _File -> Import..._. Within the dialog box that appears, choose _General -> Existing Projects into Workspace_. Click _Next_.
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# Click the button _Select root directory_ and choose the path to the BeagleRT repository you just cloned.
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# Make sure the @BeagleRT@ project is selected, and under Options, untick _Copy projects into workspace_. Click _Finish_ to complete the project import.
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h2. Compiling the BeagleRT project
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# In Eclipse, right-click on the @BeagleRT@ project folder in the left-hand column, and choose _Build Project_. (If you don't see the list of projects, make sure the C/C++ Perspective is active in Eclipse, and choose _Window -> Show View -> Project Explorer_.)
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# The project should compile without errors, and the results should be visible in the Console tab (typically in the bottom pane of the window)
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# If any errors arise, check that you have all the dependencies installed, both header files and libraries.
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h2. Copying BeagleRT projects to the BeagleBone Black
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Once the project has compiled, Eclipse should automatically copy it over to the Beaglebone in the ~/beaglert folder, prompting you twice for the password in case you did not set up the ssh keys.
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If the project is not copied automatically:
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# open a terminal window and @cd@ to the directory where the binary was compiled. For example, if you installed BeagleRT in your home directory: @cd ~/BeagleRT/Release@
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# Copy the BeagleRT executable to the BeagleBone Black using @scp@ (entering your BeagleBone Black password when prompted; you may need to create the @beaglert@ directory first):
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scp BeagleRT root@
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h2. Selecting different BeagleRT examples within the Eclipse project
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The Eclipse project contains several examples within the @projects@ directory. Follow these steps to choose which one to compile:
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# Only one of the folders within @projects@ should be enabled at a time. This one will be in solid black text; the remainder will be grey.
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# Right-click on the folder which is currently enabled (solid black). Choose _Resource Configurations -> Exclude from Build..._
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# Click _Select All_ to disable the code in this folder. Click _OK_.
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# Now right-click on the folder which you want to enable. Choose _Resource Configurations -> Exclude from Build..._
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# Click _Deselect All_ to enable the code in this folder. Click _OK_.
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h2. Creating a new executable within the BeagleRT project
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Duplicate one of the existing project folders using the following steps:
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# Right-click the project folder you want to duplicate and select _Copy_.
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# Right-click on the @projects@ folder and select _Paste_. It will ask you to type in a new name.
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# Follow the steps above (_Resource Configurations_) to enable compiling this new project rather than any of the others.