MacOSX is wonderful operating system that many students have on their laptops. It is possible to configure the Mac to become a development host for AOS slug development. This web page lists the steps necessary to configure a Mac. The number of steps will seem quite daunting but each one is reasonably simple and you should proceed step by step. It is easier to use recent Macintoshes with AirPort installed.
# sudo mkdir /var/tftpboot/$USER # sudo chown $USER:$USER /var/tftpboot/$USER # cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons # sudo <editor> tftp.plist # change /private/tftpboot to /var/tftpboot/<$USER> # sudo launchctl unload tftp.plist # sudo launchctl load tftp.plist # sudo service tftp start
It is easier to export the tftpboot directory as your filesystem for later milestones. This section describes the steps necessary to do this.
% sudo -s # Start a superuser shell
# cd /var/tftpboot/$USER
# nicl . -create /exports/\\/var\\/tftpboot\\/$USER clients 192.168.168.2
# nicl . -create /exports/\\/var\\/tftpboot\\/$USER opts maproot=<user>
# nicl . -read /exports/\\/var\\/tftpboot\\/$USER
At a later stage when you want to remove all nfs exports and
% sudo nicl . -delete /exports
You will need the USB driver for the serial card in your slug. You can find it in Virtual COM Port Drivers, grab whichever driver you need for your Macintosh system. Once you have the driver you can plugin the Slug and found out what the USB serial port is called, it will be something starting with /dev/cu.usbserial-*, note this down as you will need to configure minicom below.
Download and install the darwinports package installer. Get DarwinPorts
sudo port install
sudo port install minicom.
When it is finished you will need to configure the minicom installation
sudo minicom -s Delete the modem initialisation
strings, Set the serial port up on previously noted address
/dev/cu.usb..., 115200, 8N1, No Hardware flowcontrol
% cd <somewhere>
% OSXCrossToolBuild armv5b-softfloat-linux c,c++ 3.4.5 2.3.5
This will take a long time! At the beginning sudo will
occasionally ask for your password to create
/opt/local/crosstool and to call
install for some software.