I’d thought I would post the notes on how I installed the Arduino software on my Gentoo amd64 system. I followed the instructions on the Arduino web pages but found some slight deviations in my installation.
Note that I use my own plain Sun JDK java installation (so no java packages from gentoo).
Portage 188.8.131.52 (default/linux/amd64/10.0, gcc-4.4.3, glibc-2.11.2-r0, 2.6.34-gentoo-r1 x86_64)
System uname: Linux-2.6.34-gentoo-r1-x86_64-AMD_Turion-tm_64_X2_Mobile_Technology_TL-60-with-gentoo-1.12.13
Timestamp of tree: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 16:45:02 +0000
dev-lang/python: 2.5.4-r3, 2.6.5-r3, 3.1.2-r4
sys-devel/autoconf: 2.13, 2.65
sys-devel/automake: 1.4_p6-r1, 1.5-r1, 1.6.3-r1, 1.7.9-r2, 1.8.5-r4, 1.9.6-r3, 1.10.3, 1.11.1
Instructions below based on Arduino web-site and my own mucking about.
Make sure the following is enabled in the kernel in order to talk to the Arduino board:
Device Drivers —>
USB Support —>
USB Serial Converter Support —>
USB FTDI Single Port Serial Driver
Building into the kernel is also an option.
This is needed for java to talk to a serial port.
I installed rxtx-2.2pre2 from source. It requires the presence of the following line in /usr/include/linux/version.h
#define UTS_RELEASE “2.6.34-gentoo-r1”
The last string is the kernel version which can be obtained from ‘uname -a’. Note that using this in version.h is not recommended, but it does allow the compilation of rxtx.
The jar is in $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/ext/ and should be added to CLASSPATH
The libraries are in $JAVA_HOME/jre/lib/amd64 and should be added to
Ensure that the file /etc/make.conf has the following line:
If this directory does not exist yet:
mkdir -pv /usr/local/portage
USE=’-openmp’ crossdev -t avr -s4 -S --g 4.3.4 --without-headers
NOTE: this does not work for me without the -openmp USE keyword. The version of gcc (–g) does not seem to be necessary. Leaving this option out also worked, which in my case would led to using gcc-4.4.4-r1 (17.08.2010).
ln -s /usr/lib64/binutils/avr/2.20.1/ldscripts /usr/avr/lib/ldscripts
In the lib folder remove librxtxSerial.so and RXTXcomm.jar and symlink to the ones in the JAVA_HOME
In the hardware/tools/ folder remove avrdude and replace with symlink to /usr/bin/avrdude
Add the user to the uucp group