Arduino package management
How I backup Arduino IDE and libraries on Linux
Below is the rsync script I use. I rsync the home folder Arduino libraries to a network mount (NAS). This is because changing a library version independent of the compiler or other code in a project can cause breakages. Normally libraries would be versioned in a project but Arduino doesn’t have such project management natively at time of writing
I also rsync the IDE itself so the IDE/Compiler version is stored against the current library versions. Notice my IDE is running from a folder in
You will need to adjust these paths for your source and destination folders. The rsync command flags explained are:
-a for archive and mirror directory structure,
--progress show the ETA for the transfer then you just specify the
#!/bin/bash rsync -a --progress ~/Arduino/libraries /mnt/foo/backups/arduino/ rsync -a --progress ~/downloads/arduino-1.8.8 /mnt/foo/backups/arduino/
I have seen other large Arduino based projects on GitHub doing essentially the same by using a shell script called
git clone hardcoded
git checkout commit id strings. See: disaster-radio/fetch_deps.sh
The best alternative I have seen is a actual package manager/project manager for IoT which aims to unify the tool chain for embedded systems development and works with Arduino, see: PlatformIO
This post has been a draft a while and is relevant to Arduino IDE versions around: 1.8.8, 1.8.12
A friend of mine recently ran into a library versioning issue so I thought I better finally get this post out.
Seems the new Arduino IDE version 2.0.0-beta.3 is based on VS Code. Everything is slowing going this way it seems. Something I touched on in my blog post: A state of text editors in late 2019
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