elinks on BeagleBone

installing and running elinks – the text mode browser – on a BeagleBone

BeagleBone is great!

BeagleBone running great

BeagleBone running great

install elinks:

tar - xzvf elinks-current-stable.tar.gz
cd elinks-0.11-20130125 (better press tab after elinks, the last part is the date)
make && make install

and finally get to google:

browsing the net: BeagleBone running elinks

browsing the net: BeagleBone running elinks


More BeagleBone linux

More Angstrom tools:

systemd, is a system and service manager, a initd replacement

systemd uses journal instead of syslog

journalctl – a “/var/log/messages” replacement

configuration file: /etc/systemd/journald.conf

journalctl can be used in conjuction with grep

opkg – the package manager, a ipkg fork


updating the system :  opkg update (?)
package information: opkg info <package name>
install packages:  opkg install <package name>    (ex. samba, a good way to build windows networks)

top  – shows running tasks

top with no arguments  – shows all tasks

top -p <pid> –shows only that specific pid

nmap on BeagleBone

Installing nmap on BeagleBone

Maybe the best network scan tool available, the powerful nmap is also free.

Install sequence:

cd nmap-6.25
make install

The install procedure takes some time (>20 minutes)
To get the basic help run nmap without arguments.

nmap on BeagleBone

nmap on BeagleBone

the make step is displaying 2 errors but is ok, make install shows 1 error but it works.

BeagleBone running Matt’s traceroute – mtr

Installing mtr on a Beaglebone/Angstrom

mtr(former Matt’s traceroute) is a mix of traceroute and ping, I use it often in network diagnose. Running it on BeagleBone simplifies many things.

As a usual source install:

tar -xzvf mtr-0.82.tar.gz
cd mtr-0.82
make install

well… cursesX is not available… but is ok, I don’t want to run X.

mtr running on BeagleBone

mtr running on BeagleBone

Some links:

some wikipedia thoughts about mtr:
Angstrom Distribution:
Beagle Bone:
Element14 Beagle Bone Doc:

mc on beaglebone

Midnight Commander 4.6.1 running on BeagleBone with Angstrom Distribution.

BeagleBone is a linux box. So get all the classic linux tools!

Midnight Commander on BeagleBone

Midnight Commander on BeagleBone

mc aka Midnight Commander is a visual file manager (orthodox file manager) used in console work. It is released under under GNU GPL.

For those who are not familiar with mc it is a product in the line of nc – Norton Commander, Path Minder, dn – Dos Navigator, far, Windows Commander / Total Commander.

mc v4.6.1 runs smooth on BeagleBone/Angstrom, mc v4.8.1.7 needs the S-Lang Library ( so I skipped it.

Installing mc from source is simple but it takes some time for every step, is not like installing it on a server but you have enough time to read the full output without redirecting it to a file 🙂

tar -xzvf mc-4.6.1.tar.gz
cd mc-4.6.1
make install

Useful Links:

Angstrom Distribution:
Element14 BeagleBone Doc:

Later edit:

opkg install mc

Yocto Project – Embedded Linux

It’s not an embedded Linux distribution – it creates a custom one for you.

The Yocto Project is an open source collaboration project that provides templates, tools and methods to help you create custom Linux-based systems for embedded products regardless of the hardware architecture.

Download Mirror:

Board Support Packages:

$ git clone git://
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