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Or just reboot the machine.
Or just reboot the machine.
* Now configure the laptop to mount the shares (see [[Generic iCub machine installation instructions#mount_remote_NFS_shares]]
* Now configure the laptop to mount the shares (see [[Generic iCub machine installation instructions#mount_remote_NFS_shares]] )
== Configuration of the icub user ==
== Configuration of the icub user ==

Revision as of 14:46, 22 October 2014

These instructions only apply to YARP > 2.3.23 and iCub > 1.1.13 software versions

See ICub laptop installation instructions for old releases for older instructions

This page contains guidelines for installation of the iCub server so that it matches the requirements of the Linux on the pc104 (open call configuration).

We assume you have installed a working Debian or Ubuntu on the laptop. You can freely decide to install 32 bit or 64 bit, the code compiles on both architectures. Be aware that if you plan to share the repository with other machines, all machines need to have the same architecture (32 versus 64 bits, same versions of the libraries). A possibility would be to share the same code directory and different builds.

Prerequisite : basic system setup for a iCub machine

Please follow the instructions on page Generic iCub machine installation instructions, in order to prepare a generic machine for the iCub network. Then, follow the below steps to customize it as the iCub Laptop

NFS Server

The laptop hosts two directories and export them using nfs. Both of the are mounted by the other machines on the network, by the PC104 and by the laptop iteself :

  • /exports/code - this contains the robot software sources such as YARP, iCub Software.
  • /local/yarp - this contains the YARP configuration files, shared by all the machine in the network

For this to work you need:

  • install nfs server on the laptop:
 sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server nfs-common portmap
  • creates the directories that will be exported:
 mkdir -p /exports/code
 mkdir -p /exports/local_yarp

Set appropriate permissions to the icub user:

 sudo chown icub:icub -R /exports/code
 sudo chown icub:icub -R /exports/local_yarp
  • Now configure the nfs-kernel-server:

Add these lines to /etc/exports:


You might need to restart the nfs server.

 /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart 

Or just reboot the machine.

Configuration of the icub user

  • Install the ssh keys for password-less login, on the laptop:

Log in as icub and create an ssh key. Leave all choises to default just by pressing return button

 ssh-keygen -t rsa

give this key file to pc104

 ssh-copy-id -i /home/icub/.ssh/id_rsa.pub icub@pc104
  • Configure bashrc. Add these lines in /home/icub/.bashrc. Important: these instructions go before the line that states "[ -z "$PS1" ] && return":
 export ICUB_ROOT=/usr/local/src/robot/iCub
 export ICUB_DIR=$ICUB_ROOT/main/build
 export YARP_ROOT=/usr/local/src/robot/yarp
 export YARP_DIR=$YARP_ROOT/build
 export YARP_ROBOT_NAME=NAME_OF_YOUR_ROBOT (e.g. iCubAberystwyth01)
 export YARP_DATA_DIRS=$YARP_DIR/share/yarp:$ICUB_DIR/share/iCub
 export PATH=$PATH:$ICUB_DIR/bin:$YARP_DIR/bin
  • Configure your system to source bashrc in non-interactive sessions. There is no clear consensus on how to do this. A possibility is to add them to /etc/environment or /home/icub/.profile (see also the page Debugging_problems_with_yarprun)

Other configurations

  • Install ssh-server package:
 apt-get install openssh-server
  • Install python-tk package:
 apt-get install python-tk
  • It is handy to enable icub user to the sudoers

edit /etc/sudoers and add, note: useless if you are working on Ubuntu

 icub  ALL=(ALL) ALL
  • Enable NAT and port forwarding so that the pc104 (and other machines on the network) have internet access (using wlan0 as external network interface)

Add these lines in /etc/rc.local:

 iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o wlan0 -j MASQUERADE
 echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

where wlan0 is the name of your system wireless communication so check if it is correct on the file /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules you should get something like that:

 # PCI device 0x14e4:0x4359 (wl)
 SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="c0:f8:da:76:23:8b", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="wlan0"
  • Fix IP and Gateway

On the same file as prior you should see another PCI device, it is the ethernet port, it looks like that

 # PCI device 0x8086:0x1502 (e1000e)
 SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add",DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="5c:26:0a:5d:77:2d", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"

where eth0 is the number given by the system for the PCI board, use this number to set the file /etc/network/interfaces by removing everything and copy those lines

 allow-hotplug eth0
 iface eth0 inet static
   dns-domain icub.local
   dns-search icub.local
 auto eth0
  • Clock synchronization:

Download the ntp package

 sudo apt-get install ntp

Your Laptop has to be the clock of the connection with the pc104 in case of no internet access so replace those lines from the file /etc/ntp.conf

 server 0.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org
 server 1.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org
 server 2.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org
 server 3.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org

or comment them by adding a # in front each lines and add those lines instead

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The internal clock of the pc104 resets every time the pc104 is restarted. It is important you configure your local network so that the pc104 has the correct time. In general it is a good idea if all the machines on the iCub network have synchronized clock. This page explains how to do this: Clock synchronization.

  • If your network does not have a dns it is a good idea to add the pc104 to /etc/hosts by adding the line:    pc104

(note that in the past the pc104 ip address was This it has been recently changed)

Installation of the pc104

You have to use one of the Linux images we provide. This page contains some information about the Linux on the pc104, and important instructions for installing the startup scripts: The_Linux_on_the_pc104.

Code compilation

Now you can install YARP and the iCub software both on the laptop and on the pc104:

Software installation