Category: Operating Systems

Settting pintos on local machine


Pintos is a simple operating system framework for the 80×86 architecture. It supports kernel threads, loading and running user programs, and a file system, but it implements all of these in a very simple way. This assignment was used in MIT as a part of OS course.

Doing this as an assigments would give you a clear idea on the various topics in OS. This guide will take you through how to install Pintos in your native Ubuntu machine. Pintos is a very small operating system and can run it on a virtual machine. The tutorial will be using Qemu to run Pintos.

Once you are finished setting up the Pintos you can start working on your assignments.

Setting up

Step 1: Install Qemu

If you are using Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install qemu

Step 2: Download Pintos

Download Pintos from here. Extract it in your home folder. Eg: /home/username/os. ‘username’ is your $HOME folder


Now open the script ‘pintos-gdb’ (in $HOME/os/pintos/src/utils) in any text editor. Find the variable GDBMACROS and set it to point to ‘$HOME/os/pintos/src/misc/gdb-macros’.

Your ‘gdb-macros’ file will contain GDBMACROS=/home/username/os/pintos/src/misc/gdb-macros

Step 4: Compiling utilities

Go to /home/pintos/os/src/utils: cd /home/username/os/pintos/src/utils

And compile utilities folder: make

If this preoduces an error: Undefined reference to ‘floor' then edit “Makefile” in the current directory and replace LDFLAGS = -lm by LDLIBS = -lm and compile again.

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