BeagleBoard/GSoC/2021 Proposal/beagle config
Proposal for Beagle Config Terminal UI
- Student: Shreyas Atre
- Mentors: Not Assigned
- Code: [N/A]
- Proposal : https://elinux.org/index.php?title=BeagleBoard/GSoC/2021_Proposal/beagle_config
- Wiki: [N/A]
- GSoC: [N/A]
- Pre-application phase
- Completed "Hello Wolrd" of cross compilation mentioned in the requirements list.
- Sent a PR to the mentioned upstream #145
- IRC : satacker (@satacker:matrix.org)
- Github: https://github.com/SAtacker/
- School: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI)
- Country: India
- Primary language : English, Hindi, Marathi
- Typical work hours : 10AM - 7PM Indian Standard Time
- Experience :
- Qt Embedded is my Graphing Qt application as well as for sending data to esp32 microcontroller using Boost.ASIO as Netowrking stack
- kernel learn is a repo I had created for kernel learning purpose in which I had learned several Kernel development Basics .
- I have realised the beauty of embedded systems after working on esp32 dev board and reading Exploring Linux with Beaglebone by Derek Molloy while in Society of Robotics and Automation as a core team member.
- This is the first time i am participating in GSoC
About Your Project
- Project name: Beagle Config
- As we all know , nearly all of the user operations in Linux can be done using shell commands , scripts and Linux Userspace Api for advanced users. But all that being said for an average user and sometimes in production these steps can be repetitive and time consuming. For example- Simply sharing network i.e. editing iptables and enabling packet forwarding with Pocketbeagle is an uphill task without a script provided. However running scripts could be dangerous. Even adding a USB gadget without rcn-ee's boot script is definitely difficult.
- Enabling the PRU and loading the firmware is much daunting and unless anybody goes through their usage Documentations it will be difficult.
- Not only does it makes beagle devices more friendly but provides an edge to beagleboard over other similar platforms.
- Hence I propose *beagle-config* which is a terminal based UI application that brings down the steep curve and enables anybody to config their beagle device as they wish.
- Also while configuring sometimes if the script has hard coded values it makes difficult for the user to go back to default configurations. With beagle-config that won't be a problem anymore
- Goal : Beagle-Config aims to provide the functionality to make the most common low level configuration changes in beagle devices easily and providing a terminal UI to do the same.
- Here are few details of the beagle-config which will use bash, C/C++ as back end for low level access to linux's userspace api and FTXUI for frontend.
The system options sub menu allows you to make configuration changes to various parts of the boot, login and networking process, along with some other system level changes.
- PRU enable/disable
This will enable hobbyists to enable / disable their PRUs if they want to test their PRU code in c or in simppru . Example -
PRU Conf PRU 1 Enable Disable PRU 2 Enable Disable
- GPIO configuration
Enabling a GPIO pin for input/output Example -
GPIO 18 - Enable Disable Set Value
- Internet Sharing and Client Configurations
Enables users to share their host internet within a click Example -
Host Host A Enable Internet Advanced Set IP gateway Return to Defaults Host Name BBB Edit Country Code <Select Menu>
- eMMC stats
Enables users to extend the sd card partition size if avaible Example -
eMMC Storage Total 52 % Free -------- Extend --------
- Wireless Configurations
For wireless enabled devices like beaglebone black wireless configuring Access Point names , mDNS configurations, etc
- Sensor Configurations
If beagle bone has onboard sensors then enabling them , viewing stats like charging status, battery status , power consumption, etc.
- Audio Configurations
If beagle supports audio on board Specify Audio Output
Configure passwords along with addition of users, groups
- Boot / Auto login
We can configure whether to boot in desktop mode or using just console enabled. Add option to login automatically.
- User LED
Configure the USR Leds on the board. Their frequency and events.
Enable configuration of HDMI/DVI if the board supports it
- Cape Configurations
If a beagle board and its associated cape needs a configuration , this can be configured here easily.
Enable any standard camera interface and additional configurations
Configure ssh , enable / disable and setup password
- SPI and I2C
Enable/disable SPI and I2C interfaces and automatic loading of the SPI / I2C kernel modules if there are any existing.
- USB Gadget configurations
Configures usb cdc-acm-ecm gadget using libusbgx in the back end.
- Provide an easy interface to add overlays to device trees
For example -
Select Node - Select Property Edit Property Add Node - Add Alias Add Address Add Property Add register address
- Overlay File System
Enable or disable a read-only file system
Select your local time zone, starting with the region, e.g. India, then selecting a city, e.g. Mumbai. Type a letter to skip down the list to that point in the alphabet.
Configures Keyboard layout
Show strings, license, author , version name and kernel version
|13/04/2021 to 17/05/2021||Application Review Period||Right After submitting the application I will go through rigorous set of reference materials|
|17/05/2021 to 07/06/2021||Community Bonding||
# Wireless Configurations # ssh # timezone configurations
|05/07/2021 - 10/07/2021||Milestone #4||
|31/07/2021 - 03/07/2021||Milestone #7||
|31/08/2021||Milestone #11||Completion of GSoC|