Installing RTEMS on my host machine

Ralf Corsepius ralf.corsepius at
Sat Sep 26 06:55:23 UTC 2009

On 09/25/2009 11:04 PM, Pablo Salinas wrote:
> Hi there,
>                 I use a debian desktop at campus:
> Linux version 2.6.26-2-amd64 (Debian 2.6.26-17lenny2) (dannf at
> (gcc version 4.1.3 20080704 (prerelease) (Debian 4.1.2-25))
> and I am trying to install RTEMS 4.9. I am completely new to RTEMS.
> I had tried both approaches: RPMs and Zipped Tar Files using the Getting
> Started with RTEMS<>manual.
> So, apparently I need root access for any of both approaches to work, right?
Correct. It's a system-wide installation => root access required.

> Is there any workaround to that?
Yes. Ask your sys-admin to grant you write permissions to /opt/rtems* 
and ask him to install these packages host dependencies.

However, I don't know whether alien etc. can be run as non-root.

> Besides, it seems like depending on your target architecture gcc, binutils
> and newlib all get patched.
No. In general, all targets apply the same patches.

> Would that affect my old gcc compiler?
No. host and target toolchains are independent.


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