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2. Getting Started

This section briefly explains how to create an example IOC application in a directory <top>, naming the application firstApp and the ioc directory ioctarget.

Check Environment

Execute the command:
This should display your workstation architecture, for example solaris. If you get an "Undefined variable" error ask your EPICS system manager how to set this variable for your particular environment.

Create example Application

Execute the commands:
mkdir <top>
cd <top>
<base>/bin/<arch>/ -t example first
<base>/bin/<arch>/ -i -t example target
Any directory name you chose.
Full path name to EPICS base.
Your host architecture (i.e. the output of the echo command above).
For example at ANL/APS the following commands create an application:
mkdir myapp
cd myapp
/usr/local/epics/baseR3.13.1/bin/solaris/ -t example first
/usr/local/epics/baseR3.13.1/bin/solaris/ -i -t example target

Windows Users Note:

Perl scripts are invoked with the command perl <scriptname> on win95/NT. Perl script names are case sensitive. For example to create an application on WIN95/NT:
perl C:\epics\base\bin\win32\ -t example first

Inspect Files

Spend some time looking at the files that appear under <top>. Do this BEFORE building.


In directory <top> execute the command:

Inspect Files

Again look at all the files that appear under <top>.

Boot Parameters

The next step is to set the IOC boot parameters via the console serial port on your IOC. Life is much easier if you find out how to connect the serial port to a window on your workstation. See your EPICS system manager for details.

The vxWorks boot parameters look something like the following:

boot device          : xxx
processor number     : 0
host name            : xxx
file name            : <full path to board support>/vxWorks
inet on ethernet (e) :<netmask>
inet on backplane (b):
host inet (h)        :
gateway inet (g)     :
user (u)             : xxx
ftp password (pw) (blank = use rsh): xxx
flags (f)            : 0x0
target name (tn)     : <hostname for this inet address>
startup script (s)   : <top>/iocBoot/ioctarget/st.cmd
other (o)            :
The actual values for each field are site and IOC dependent. Consult your EPICS system manager for help. Two fields that you can change at will are the vxWorks boot image and the location of the startup script.

Note that the full path name for the correct board support boot image must be specified. If bootp is used the same information will need to be placed in the bootp host's configuration database instead. See your EPICS system manager for details.


You are now ready to boot your IOC. When your boot parameters are set properly, just press the reset button on your IOC, or use the @ command to commence booting. You will find it VERY convenient to have the console port of the IOC attached to a scrolling window on your workstation.


See the description of the example given in the section Application Templates Supplied with base. Also try some of the vxWorks shell commands described in the "IOC Test Facilities" chapter of the Application Developer's Guide.
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