Introduction: Using the IRobot Create's Command Module With Linux
Since iRobot hasn't provided linux users with a way to use the command module, I had to figure it out myself.
Don't be intimidated, its not hard at all, really. All you need to do is run a couple of scripts.
Lets get started, shall we?
Step 1: Get the Goods
If you don't, I assume that there are the same packages for yum, but I can't test that. (Fedora doesn't like me)
Now, you must run a long and complicated thingymabober:
sudo apt-get install avrdude avr-libc gcc-avrsudo apt-get remove brltty
And yes, removing that package is safe. (Tip from here) If it gives you an error saying its not installed, you're good, don't worry.
Step 2: Write/Get a Program
Heres the part where you write your program. But to test it out, lets use a demo program.
The command module comes with a CD, and on it, there are 3 demo programs.To test, use the input program. Copy the folder "input" to somewhere on your computer, such as /home/user/avr/input.
Step 3: Edit Makefile
Open it up, and use find/replace to edit these two lines:
86: DEBUG = dwarf-2...204: AVRDUDE_PORT = com9 # programmer connected to serial device(Those numbers are line numbers, if you want to do it that way)
86: DEBUG = stabs...204: AVRDUDE_PORT = /dev/ttyUSB0 # programmer connected to serial device
That wasn't too hard, was it?
Step 4: Compile/Download
First, plug in the command module, via USB, and make sure it is on. Hit the Reset button. Then go onto your computer and open a terminal. Navigate to the directory where your program/makefile are, and type:
make allmake program
Now, go onto your create, and remove the cable. Then press the reset button, and your program will start!