4.3. POSIX Hosts¶
POSIX hosts are most Unix operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD. RTEMS development works well on Unix and can scale from a single user and a desktop machine to a team with decentralised or centralised development infrastructure.
4.3.1. Root Access¶
You either have
root access to your host development machine or you do
not. Some users are given hardware that is centrally managed. If you do not
root access you can create your work environment in your home
directory. You could use a prefix of
$HOME/rtems. Note, the
$HOME environment variable can be
Choose an Installation Prefix details using Prefixes to manage the installation.
RTEMS Tools and packages do not require
to be built and we encourage you to not build the tools as
root. If you
need to control write access then it is best to manage this with groups
assigned to users.
If you have
root access you can decide to install the tools under any
suitable prefix. This may depend on the hardware in your host development
machine. If the machine is a centralised build server the prefix may be used to
separate production versions from the test versions and the prefix paths may
have restricted access rights to only those who manage and have configuration
control of the machine. We call this project sandboxing and
Project Sandboxing explains this in more detail.
BSP Build will require
pax package if RTEMS is configured with the
--enable-tests option, see Building RTEMS Tests. This package is not
installed , by default, on many Linux distributions, you can check for it
using your package manager. Install it, if it is not present on your system.
A number of different Linux distrubutions are known to work. The following have been tested and report as working.
The following packages are required on a fresh Archlinux 64bit installation:
# pacman -S base-devel gdb xz unzip ncurses git zlib
Archlinux, by default installs
texinfo-5 which is incompatible for building
GCC 4.7 tree. You will have to obtain
provide a manual override:
# pacman -R texinfo
$ yaourt -S texinfo-legacy
# ln -s /usr/bin/makeinfo-4.13a /usr/bin/makeinfo
The following packages are required on a minimal CentOS 6.3 or CentOS 7 64-bit installation:
# yum install autoconf automake binutils gcc gcc-c++ gdb make patch pax \
bison flex xz unzip ncurses-devel texinfo zlib-devel python-devel git
On CentOS 8, the
pax command is now provided by the
you need to enable the PowerTools repository. and use Python3. On a
fresh install, the following commands should install everything you
need for RTEMS development:
# dnf install yum-utils
# dnf config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools
# dnf update
# dnf groupinstall "Development Tools"
# dnf install python3 python3-pip python3-setuptools python3-devel
# dnf install texinfo spax
# alternatives --set python /usr/bin/python3
The minimal CentOS distribution is a specific DVD that installs a minimal system. If you use a full system some of these packages may have been installed.
The RTEMS Source Builder has been tested on Fedora 19 64bit with the following packages:
# yum install ncurses-devel python-devel git bison gcc cvs gcc-c++ \
flex texinfo patch perl-Text-ParseWords zlib-devel
The is the Debian distribution for the Raspberry Pi. The following packages are required:
$ sudo apt-get install autoconf automake bison flex binutils gcc g++ gdb \
texinfo unzip ncurses-dev python-dev git
It is recommended you get Model B of the Pi with 512M of memory and to mount a remote disk over the network. The tools can be built on the network disk with a prefix under your home directory as recommended and end up on the SD card.
The latest version is Ubuntu 22.04 LTS 64-bit. This section also includes Xubuntu. A minimal installation was used and the following packages installed:
$ sudo apt install build-essential g++ gdb unzip pax bison flex texinfo \
python3-dev python-is-python3 libpython2-dev libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev \
Note that in older versions of Ubuntu, the package libpython2-dev was python2.7-dev. The name of packages changes over time. You need the package with Python development libraries for C/C++ programs. The following is needed for recent versions:
$ sudo apt-get install python git
It is likely necessary that you will have to enable the Ubuntu Source Repositories. Users have suggested the following web pages which have instructions:
22.214.171.124. Linux Mint¶
zlib package is required on Linux Mint. It has a different name (other than the usual zlib-dev):
# sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev
The RTEMS Source Builder has been tested on openSUSE Leap 15.4 64bit. Starting with a clean install with source repositories enabled, the following zypper command installs the required packages:
# sudo zypper in -t pattern devel_C_C++ devel_python3
In addition, the following command can set python3 as the default python interpreter:
# sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 1
The RTEMS Source Builder has been tested on FreeBSD 9.1, 10.3, 11 and 12 64bit versions. You need to install some ports. They are:
# pkg install -y python
# pkg install -y gsed
For FreeBSD 13, you will need to install the packages listed above, as well as the following additional ones. They are:
# pkg install -y bison texinfo gmake binutils
FreeBSD’s default C compiler is LLVM and installing the host’s GCC compiler package may break building GCC. We recommend you do not install the GCC package and you use the default C compiler.
If you wish to build Windows (mingw32) tools please install the following ports:
# pkg install -y mingw32-binutils mingw32-gcc
# pkg install -y mingw32-zlib mingw32-pthreads
The zlip and pthreads ports for MinGW32 are used when builiding a Windows QEMU.
Check if your kernel has a
/dev/fd directory. If it does not we recommend
you run as root the following command to speed up Python 3’s subprocess
# mount -t fdescfs none /dev/fd
The support speeds up closing file descriptors when creating subprocesses.
The RTEMS Source Builder has been tested on NetBSD 6.1 i386. Packages to add are:
# pkg_add ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/6.1/devel/gmake-3.82nb7.tgz
# pkg_add ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/6.1/devel/bison-2.7.1.tgz
# pkg_add ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/6.1/archivers/xz-5.0.4.tgz