|author||Chris Johns <email@example.com>||2016-04-01 12:20:13 +1100|
|committer||Amar Takhar <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2016-05-02 20:51:27 -0400|
Review changes from Chris Mayfield.
3 files changed, 67 insertions, 61 deletions
diff --git a/user/overview/index.rst b/user/overview/index.rst
index bcb2a14..39e2846 100644
@@ -6,8 +6,8 @@ Overview
Welcome to the :ref:term:`RTEMS` User Manual.
-This document covers all the topic required as a user of RTEMS to use the RTEMS
+This document covers all the topics required as a user of RTEMS to use the
+RTEMS operating system.
RTEMS, Real-Time Executive for Multiprocessor Systems, is a real-time executive
(kernel) which provides a high performance environment for embedded
@@ -15,7 +15,7 @@ applications including the following features:
.. sidebar:: Developers
- Developers should look at the :r:url:`devel` for technical information the
+ Developers should look at the :r:url:`devel` for technical information. The
design and development of RTEMS is located there.
- multitasking capabilities
@@ -61,9 +61,9 @@ interdependent, asynchronous or cyclical event streams.
Deadlines can be further characterized as either hard or soft based upon the
value of the results when produced after the deadline has passed. A deadline
-is hard if the results have no value or if their use will result in a
-catastrophic event. In contrast, results which are produced after a soft
-deadline may have some value.
+is hard if the results have no value after the deadline has passed, or a
+catastophic event results from their intended use if not completed on time. In
+contrast, results produced after a soft deadline may still have some value.
Another distinguishing requirement of real-time application systems is the
ability to coordinate or manage a large number of concurrent activities. Since
@@ -84,7 +84,7 @@ complicate each and every characteristic of a real-time system.
-Fortunately, real-time operating systems or real-time executives serve as a
+Fortunately, real-time operating systems, or real-time executives, serve as a
cornerstone on which to build the application system. A real-time multitasking
executive allows an application to be cast into a set of logical, autonomous
processes or tasks which become quite manageable. Each task is internally
@@ -99,19 +99,19 @@ CPU instruction set to support efficient multitasking. By causing tasks to
travel through well-defined state transitions, system calls permit an
application to demand-switch between tasks in response to real-time events.
-By proper grouping of responses to stimuli into separate tasks, a system can
-now asynchronously switch between independent streams of execution, directly
-responding to external stimuli as they occur. This allows the system design to
-meet critical performance specifications which are typically measured by
-guaranteed response time and transaction throughput. The multiprocessor
-extensions of RTEMS provide the features necessary to manage the extra
-requirements introduced by a system distributed across several processors. It
-removes the physical barriers of processor boundaries from the world of the
-system designer, enabling more critical aspects of the system to receive the
-required attention. Such a system, based on an efficient real-time,
-multiprocessor executive, is a more realistic model of the outside world or
-environment for which it is designed. As a result, the system will always be
-more logical, efficient, and reliable.
+By properly grouping stimuli responses into separate tasks a system can now
+asynchronously switch between independent streams of execution. This allows the
+system to directly respond to external stimuli as they occur, as well as meet
+critical performance specifications that are typically measured by guaranteed
+response time and transaction throughput. The multiprocessor extensions of
+RTEMS provide the features necessary to manage the extra requirements
+introduced by a system distributed across several processors. It removes the
+physical barriers of processor boundaries from the world of the system
+designer, enabling more critical aspects of the system to receive the required
+attention. Such a system, based on an efficient real-time, multiprocessor
+executive, is a more realistic model of the outside world or environment for
+which it is designed. As a result, the system will always be more logical,
+efficient, and reliable.
By using the directives provided by RTEMS, the real-time applications developer
is freed from the problem of controlling and synchronizing multiple tasks and
@@ -124,14 +124,14 @@ sophisticated real-time applications is significantly reduced.
-RTEMS is an open source operating and an open source project. As a user you
-have access to all the source code and we encourage you to work with the source
-code and to integrate the processes used to build tools, the kernel and any 3rd
-party libraries into your project's configuration management processes. The
-RTEMS project is always improving the way it develivers the kernel to you and
-so your feedback is important.
+RTEMS is an open source operating system and an open source project. As a user,
+you have access to all the source code. We encourage you to work with the
+source code and integrate the provided processes used to build tools, the
+kernel and any 3rd party libraries into your project's configuration management
+processes. The RTEMS project is always improving the way it develivers the
+kernel to you and so your feedback is important.
What we used in the RTEMS project to develop and maintain RTEMS does not
-dictate what you use to develop and maintain your project. You can and should
+dictate what you use to develop and maintain your project. You can, and should,
select the work-flow that best suites the demands of your project and what you
diff --git a/user/start/basics.rst b/user/start/basics.rst
index fad3e83..7888994 100644
@@ -6,37 +6,42 @@
-You will see the term **prefix** referred to thoughout this documentation and
-in a wide number of software packages you can download from the internet. A
-**prefix** is a path on your computer a software package is built and installed
-under. Packages that have a **prefix** will place all parts under the *prefix
-path*. On a host computer like Linux the packages you install from your
-distribution typically use a platform specific standard *prefix*. For example
-on Linux it is :file:`/usr` and on FreeBSD it is :file:`/usr/local`.
-We recommend you **do not** use the standard *prefix* when installing RTEMS
-Tools. If you are building the tools as a normal user and not as ``root`` the
-RTEMS Source Builder (RSB) will fail if the *prefix* is not writable. We
-recommend you leave the standand *prefix* for the packages your operating
-A further reason not use the standard *prefix* is to allow more than one
+You will see the term :ref:term:`prefix` referred to thoughout this
+documentation and in a wide number of software packages you can download from
+the internet. A **prefix** is the path on your computer a software package is
+built and installed under. Packages that have a **prefix** will place all parts
+under the **prefix** path. On a host computer like Linux the packages you
+install from your distribution typically use a platform specific standard
+**prefix**. For example on Linux it is :file:`/usr` and on FreeBSD it is
+We recommend you *DO NOT* use the standard **prefix** when installing the RTEMS
+Tools. The standard **prefix** is the default **prefix** each package built by
+the RSB contains. If you are building the tools when logged in as a *Standard
+User* and not as the *Super User* (``root``) or *Administrator* the RTEMS
+Source Builder (RSB) *will* fail and report an error if the default **prefix**
+is not writable. We recommend you leave the standand **prefix** for the
+packages your operating system installs or software you manually install such
+A further reason not to use the standard **prefix** is to allow more than one
version of RTEMS to exist on your host machine at a time. The ``autoconf`` and
-``automake`` tools required by RTEMS are not versioned and vary between RTEMS
-versions. If you use a single *prefix* there is a chance things from different
-versions may interact. This should not happen but it could.
-For POSIX or Unix hosts the RTEMS Project uses :file:`/opt/rtems` as a standard
-*prefix*. We view this *prefix* as a production level path and we place
-development versions under a different *prefix* away from the production
-versions. Under this top level *prefix* we place the various versions we need
-for development, for example the version 4.11.0 *prefix* would be
-:file:`/opt/rtems/4.11.0`. If an update called 4.11.1 is released the *prefix*
-would be :file:`/opt/rtems/4.11.1`. These are recommendations and the choice of
-what you use is entirly yours. You may decide to have a single path for all
-RTEMS 4.11 releases of :file:`/opt/rtems/4.11`.
-For Windows a typical prefix is :file:`C:\\opt\\rtems` and as an MSYS2 path
+``automake`` tools required by RTEMS are not versioned and vary between the
+various versions of RTEMS. If you use a single **prefix** such as the standard
+**prefix** there is a chance parts from a package of different versions may
+interact. This should not happen but it can.
+For POSIX or Unix hosts, the RTEMS Project uses :file:`/opt/rtems` as it's
+standard **prefix**. We view this **prefix** as a production level path, and we
+prefer to place development versions under a different **prefix** away from the
+production versions. Under this top level **prefix** we place the various
+versions we need for development. For example the version 4.11.0 **prefix**
+would be :file:`/opt/rtems/4.11.0`. If an update called 4.11.1 is released the
+**prefix** would be :file:`/opt/rtems/4.11.1`. These are recommendations and
+the choice of what you use is entirely yours. You may decide to have a single
+path for all RTEMS 4.11 releases of :file:`/opt/rtems/4.11`.
+For Windows a typical **prefix** is :file:`C:\\opt\\rtems` and as an MSYS2 path
this is :file:`/c/opt/rtems`.
@@ -45,8 +50,9 @@ Project Sandboxing
Project specific sandboxes let you have a number of projects running in
-parallel with each project in its own sandbox. You simply have a prefix per
-project and under that prefix you create a simple yet repeatable structure.
+parallel with each project in its own sandbox. You simply have a
+:ref:term:`prefix` per project and under that prefix you create a simple yet
As an example lets say I have a large disk mounted under :file:`/bd` for *Big
Disk*. As ``root`` create a directory called ``projects`` and give the
diff --git a/user/start/index.rst b/user/start/index.rst
index 03432c1..a41ab5d 100644
@@ -6,8 +6,8 @@ Getting Started
RTEMS is an open source real-time operating system. As a user you have access
-to all the source code and this `Getting Started`_ section will show you how
-you build the RTEMS compiler tools, kernel and 3rd party libraries from source.
+to all the source code. This ``Getting Started`` section will show you how you
+build the RTEMS compiler tools, kernel and 3rd party libraries from source.
.. include:: basics.rst
.. include:: depend.rst