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'''neocon''' has a few graving advantages over some other terminal apps:
 
'''neocon''' has a few graving advantages over some other terminal apps:
  
* You don't have to be <code>root</code> to access <code>/dev/ttyACM0</code> with '''neocon'''. Beeing member of <code>dialout</code> should give you sufficient privileges.  
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* You don't have to be <code>root</code> to access <code>/dev/ttyACM0</code> with '''neocon'''. Being a member of the <code>dialout</code> group should give you sufficient privileges.  
 
* by specifying a delay  on keyboard input(as shown below), '''neocon''' will allow you to paste commands directly from clipboard without making [[Bootloader|u-boot]] choke on it.  
 
* by specifying a delay  on keyboard input(as shown below), '''neocon''' will allow you to paste commands directly from clipboard without making [[Bootloader|u-boot]] choke on it.  
 
* '''neocon''' can be started without <code>/dev/ttyACM0</code> being available. It will automatically connect as soon as you start [[Bootloader|u-boot]] on the Neo:
 
* '''neocon''' can be started without <code>/dev/ttyACM0</code> being available. It will automatically connect as soon as you start [[Bootloader|u-boot]] on the Neo:
  
The main feature of neocon is actually that you can give it a list
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The main feature of '''neocon''' is actually that you can give it a list
 
of devices and it will pick one that works, e.g.,
 
of devices and it will pick one that works, e.g.,
  
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  ~n
 
  ~n
  
This is useful for dynamically allocated devices, such as ttyUSBn
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This is useful for dynamically allocated devices, such as <code>ttyUSBn</code>
or ttyACMn. You can of course also use them with other communication
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or <code>ttyACMn</code>. You can of course also use them with other communication
 
programs - there's certainly no shortage of them - but then you have
 
programs - there's certainly no shortage of them - but then you have
 
to handle reconnects manually.
 
to handle reconnects manually.
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  ./neocon -t 30 /dev/ttyACM0
 
  ./neocon -t 30 /dev/ttyACM0
  
To quit neocon type:
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To quit '''neocon''' type:
  
 
  ~.
 
  ~.

Revision as of 02:22, 5 December 2008

neocon is a handy serial console utility (not only) for u-boot.

neocon has a few graving advantages over some other terminal apps:

  • You don't have to be root to access /dev/ttyACM0 with neocon. Being a member of the dialout group should give you sufficient privileges.
  • by specifying a delay on keyboard input(as shown below), neocon will allow you to paste commands directly from clipboard without making u-boot choke on it.
  • neocon can be started without /dev/ttyACM0 being available. It will automatically connect as soon as you start u-boot on the Neo:

The main feature of neocon is actually that you can give it a list of devices and it will pick one that works, e.g.,

# neocon /dev/ttyUSB{0,1,2}

If you don't like the one it picked, you can switch to the next with

~n

This is useful for dynamically allocated devices, such as ttyUSBn or ttyACMn. You can of course also use them with other communication programs - there's certainly no shortage of them - but then you have to handle reconnects manually.

Installation

Download the source from http://svn.openmoko.org/developers/werner/neocon/ to a directory of your choice and build neocon by issuing

make

Usage

To connect to the bootloader use

./neocon -t 30 /dev/ttyACM0

To quit neocon type:

~.

An alternative to NeoCon is picocom.

Personal tools

neocon is a handy serial console utility (not only) for u-boot.

neocon has a few graving advantages over some other terminal apps:

  • You don't have to be root to access /dev/ttyACM0 with neocon. Beeing member of dialout should give you sufficient privileges.
  • by specifying a delay on keyboard input(as shown below), neocon will allow you to paste commands directly from clipboard without making u-boot choke on it.
  • neocon can be started without /dev/ttyACM0 being available. It will automatically connect as soon as you start u-boot on the Neo:

The main feature of neocon is actually that you can give it a list of devices and it will pick one that works, e.g.,

# neocon /dev/ttyUSB{0,1,2}

If you don't like the one it picked, you can switch to the next with

~n

This is useful for dynamically allocated devices, such as ttyUSBn or ttyACMn. You can of course also use them with other communication programs - there's certainly no shortage of them - but then you have to handle reconnects manually.

Installation

Download the source from http://svn.openmoko.org/developers/werner/neocon/ to a directory of your choice and build neocon by issuing

make

Usage

To connect to the bootloader use

./neocon -t 30 /dev/ttyACM0

To quit neocon type:

~.

An alternative to NeoCon is picocom.