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Ubuntu is used on the servers, laptops, base station Gumstix and amazon cloud - which means we have a common maintenance, filesystem layout etc! incredible! Specific notes on 12.04 12.10

fresh setup for Ubuntu 14

compiler and packages:

 apt-get install build-essential libncurses5-dev automake git libusb-dev:i386 zlib1g:i386

access to the usb ports:

sudo usermod -a -G dialout yourusername

(you then need to logout/login!)

Copy our compiler:

wget -O /tmp/mspgccx.tgz http://media.glacsweb.info/software/mspgccx.tgz
cd /opt ; sudo tar xfz /tmp/mspgccx.tgz ; rm /tmp/mspgccx.tgz

and add /opt/mspgccx/bin to your PATH in .bashrc

echo "PATH=\$PATH:/opt/mspgccx/bin" >> ~/.bashrc


is a bit of a pain to install from scratch.. follow the mspgcc4 instructions or download our copy of 4.7.0 as shown above


Install sun java - this varies depending on version I think as it is in the partner repo

 apt-get install eclipse-platform eclipse-pde

Start eclipse Help -> Install Software

Goto [1] and find the relavent link for your version of eclipse. Add it as a new software source. Then install everything from that source.

Create a new C project and manually choose the folder which already contains the source for the location, and click finish.

Click Project->Properties

To the following for both debug and build Then C/C++ Build ->Settings Set GCC C compiler to


and in Misc add

 --mmcu=<MSP VERSION>

Consistent serial ports

Reproduced from [2] Add a file to /etc/udev/rules.d/foo.rules

and put the following in adapted for your devices (details can be found in dmesg easily enough) or by using usb-devices

BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0403", SYSFS{serial}=="FTEHCFNM", NAME="probe-1-serial"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0403", SYSFS{serial}=="FTEHCFNC", NAME="probe-2-serial"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0403", SYSFS{serial}=="FTEHCFN2", NAME="gprs-serial"
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001", SYSFS{idVendor}=="0403", SYSFS{serial}=="FTEHCFMR", NAME="gps-serial"

above serial numbers are for the base 4 way ftdi


These are the ref serial device

The spare one seems to have corrupted firmware and so doesn't have serial nos

restart udev and plug the devices in and they will appear on /dev/probe-1-serial for instance.

Prolific usb-serial devices do NOT appear to have a serial number

Commandline WiFi

In order to be secure our networks use WPA2 to set up a device to access them using the commandline do the following (as root/sudo)

apt-get install wpa_supplicant resolvconf
wpa_passphrase <essid> <passpharse>

edit /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

network= {
  proto=WPA RSN
  pairwise=CCMP TKIP
  group=CCMP TKIP
  psk=<output of wpa_passphrase>

edit /etc/netowrk/interfaces

auto iface <iface-name>
iface <iface-name> inet static
address <ip address>
netmask <mask>
gateway <gateway>
dns-nameservers <name servers> <...>
pre-up /bin/iwconfig <iface-name> essid <essid>
pre-up wpa_supplicant -B -Dwext -i<iface-name> -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Having done this ifup <iface-name> should work ;)

If using DHCP replace static with DHCP and ignore the lines where addresses are specified

Time zones

 dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

make sure it's set to UTC to save much confusions