To run course-related tools and packages (for example the simulator
tsim) on a laboratory computer, execute the following command in a shell prompt:
You are strongly encouraged to test your lab solutions on a multi-processor or multi-core machine, for example the remotely accessible machines provided by Chalmers.
Eclipse should be installed on all StuDAT-linux workstations. To start it, open a terminal window and run the following command
You can connect to lab computers remotely using remote desktop. Chalmers-wide instructions are available here.
On Windows, “Remote Desktop Connection” is a standard windows application. On Mac, “Microsoft Remote Desktop” is available for free from the app store.
Notice that most Linux machines available to connect to are multi-core machines with CPUs of 4 cores. This should be appropriate for testing your solutions. The command “cat /proc/cpuinfo” gives the definite information. If (against expectations) a different kind of machine has been allocated, you should retry the connection to get another computer.
We strongly recommend to connect remotely to lab computers as explained above. It may be possible to work locally on your own machine and we include some instructions that could help with that. We are not aware of simple solutions for running lab 1 locally on a Windows machine.
If you have a Unix-like operating system (GNU/Linux or macOS) on your computer, you can run all the software for labs 1 and 2 locally.
Start by downloading the
tsim simulator source code and unpack it (e.g.,
tar -xzf tsim-0.84.tgz).
Tip: If you do not want to contaminate your file system you could pass
--prefix=$PWD/world or something similar to
./configure, as then everything will end up in
$PWD/world and no root privileges are needed to install the simulator. But make sure to add the bin folder to your
Install the development libraries for the simulator’s dependencies:
apt-get install libxaw7-dev libxt-dev libxmu-dev libx11-dev libxext-dev
yum install libXaw-devel libXt-devel libXmu-devel libX11-devel libXext-devel
pacman -S libxaw libxt libxmu libx11 libxext
Build and install:
cd tsim-0.84 && ./configure && make && sudo make install && cd ..
Install brew, and then run
brew cask install xquartz and
brew install argp-standalone.
After this step the installation is the same as for Linux, except that you need to pass a few extra flags to
./configure LIBS="-largp" CPPFLAGS="-I/opt/X11/include -I/usr/local/include" \ LDFLAGS="-L/opt/X11/lib -L/usr/local/lib"
If you are having problems getting XQuartz to start the first time you are trying to start
tsim, it might help logging out and in, or even rebooting your computer.
To download Erlang/OTP, go to this webpage and choose the version to install depending on your operating system.
Some operating systems have packages for Erlang, but they often have no support for the GUI libraries that you will need for the labs. Therefore, we recommend you to use the link given above and fetch the right package to install.
An exception are recent (from 14.04 LTS) 64-bit versions Ubuntu, which package Erlang/OTP in a way that is suitable for the labs. To use it, install packges
libgtk2.0-dev. You can install them, together with Erlang/OTP, by running:
apt-get install libwxbase2.8-0 libwxgtk2.8-dev libqt4-opengl-dev libgtk2.0-dev erlang
If you are annoyed by all the
PROGRESS REPORT messages every time you start up Erlang, try the following:
erl -sasl sasl_error_logger false
Another exception is Mac (using brew):
brew install erlang