TS-4900 Stretch Getting started

From Technologic Systems Manuals

We provide two images for Debian Stretch which apply to our TS-4900, TS-7970, and TS-TPC-7990. If you are unsure which image to pick, use the larger image which contains more development tools and drivers.

Image Size Kernel config Description
debian-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.bz2 1279MB ts4900_defconfig Contains gcc, vim, X11, slim, and will autologin to an xfce4 desktop.
debian-armhf-stretch-minimal-latest.tar.bz2 184MB ts4900_tiny_defconfig Stripped down Debian containing bare minimal hardware support, very limited peripheral support, and only the core debian packages.

Once installed the default user on either image is "root" with no password.

To prepare an SD card, use partitioning tools such as 'fdisk' 'cfdisk' or 'gparted' in linux to create a single linux partition on the SD card. Once the partition is created and formatted, extract the above tarball with:

# Assuming your SD card is /dev/sdc with one partition
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdc1
mkdir /mnt/sd/
sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/sd/
sudo tar --numeric-owner -xjf debian-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/sd
sudo umount /mnt/sd
Note: The ext4 filesystem can be used instead of ext3, but it may require additional options. U-Boot does not support the 64bit addressing added as the default behavior in recent revisions of mkfs.ext4. If using e2fsprogs 1.43 or newer, the options "-O ^64bit,^metadata_csum" must be used with ext4 for proper compatibility. Older versions of e2fsprogs do not need these options passed nor are they needed for ext3.

To rewrite the eMMC the unit must be booted to SD or any other media that is not eMMC. Once booted, run the following commands.:

mkfs.ext3 /dev/mmcblk2p1
mkdir /mnt/emmc
mount /dev/mmcblk2p1 /mnt/emmc
wget -qO- ftp://ftp.embeddedarm.com/ts-socket-macrocontrollers/ts-4900-linux/distributions/debian/debian-armhf-stretch-latest.tar.bz2 | tar xj -C /mnt/emmc/
umount /mnt/emmc

The same commands can be used to write a SATA drive by substituting /dev/mmcblk2p1 with /dev/sda1.