Hello ruby fellows, I would like to know if anyone has experience with embedding ruby in small devices and if such project exists ? In my current work, I'm using Elphel cameras, mobile phones, etc.. But ruby is pretty heavy, plus I don't know if it compiles on ARM or other CPUs. Any hint would be appreciated :) -- Cheers, zimba http://zimba.oree.ch
on 2005-12-09 18:52
on 2005-12-09 19:52
Check out the "Embedding Ruby" presentation from RubyConf 2005: http://www.zenspider.com/dl/rubyconf2005/EmbeddedRuby.pdf The stuff you're interested in starts around page 18, I'd say. --Wilson.
on 2005-12-09 22:09
> Check out the "Embedding Ruby" presentation from RubyConf 2005: > http://www.zenspider.com/dl/rubyconf2005/EmbeddedRuby.pdf Good stuff. I run Ruby on my iPAQ (I suppose zauri work as well) which has a StrongArm 200 MHz (arm v4l) 32 MB flash, 32 MB RAM and as in the above presentation, I chopped the stdlibs in a couple of packages so I do not carry all the dependencies around. See http://feeds.handhelds.org/ruby/ to get the general idea (polluted with some apps) and bear in mind that I have 1.8.3 packages cross compiled as well (but not uploaded). mm, I also see that my descriptions are a bit too much copy'n'paste. Bye, Kero.
on 2005-12-10 15:50
Ok, thanks a lot ppl :-) Wilson, the paper was a very interesting read. It's quite funny to see what people do with ruby. Kero, feeds.handhels.org seems down for me. Are you sure it's the right domain ? For more precisions, Elphel cameras run with an Etrax Axis Processor and an FPGA. I will look into this during the week. Cheers, zimba http://zimba.oree.ch : http://wiki.elphel.com/
on 2005-12-10 21:02
This is about Smalltalk on small devices, not Ruby, but it may be of interest http://www.daimi.au.dk/~marius/documents/andersen2... http://www.smalltalksolutions.com/smalltalksolutio...
on 2005-12-12 09:28
I just discovered Scratchbox (http://scratchbox.org) and its awesome for cross-compilation of biggish apps. [ quick overview: It's a cross-toolchain for arm and ppc. It's main 'wow' feature is that it uses qemu-arm to emulate an ARM host. You run '/scratchbox/login' and have root on an emulated ARM, then build software. All the ease of compilation (i.e. you can just run './configure', it ships with an svn client, etc.) except an order of magnitude faster (qemu is a bit slow, but i386 is much faster than arm in the first place, so it's a net win). For platforms that the emulator isn't good enough for, you can use 'sbrsh' to login to the PDA, mount the toolchain and source tree from your scratchbox using NFS and build stuff there. ] Ruby 1.8.3 built with no trouble ( ext/dl expected a /bin/sh, but a symlink fixed that) and irb, etc runs fine in the scratchbox. Now i just need to copy the files onto my slug where it can run natively. See the quick howto at: http://scratchbox.org/documentation/user/scratchbo... - that's all i needed, just substituted ruby for glib.
on 2005-12-12 09:55
> Kero, feeds.handhels.org seems down for me. Are you sure it's the right domain ? Sorry, that should be http://handhelds.org/feeds/ruby/
on 2005-12-12 11:35
On 12/9/05, Wilson Bilkovich <email@example.com> wrote: > Check out the "Embedding Ruby" presentation from RubyConf 2005: > http://www.zenspider.com/dl/rubyconf2005/EmbeddedRuby.pdf The leaking Mutex problem showcased in the presentation page 27, I think the following change fixes it at least for #synchronize : def unlock return unless @locked Thread.critical = true - @locked = false begin t = @waiting.shift + @locked = t # if there is a waiting thread, keep the mutex locked t.wakeup if t rescue ThreadError retry end Thread.critical = false # if @locked is false, a thread entering #lock sets Thread.critical=true here, # checks for @locked, sees that it's false, and jumps the queue begin t.run if t rescue ThreadError end self end