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Platform Flash Tool on Headless linux

Hello,

 

Is there a way to install PFT on a headless debian PC ? The package provided is depending from the GNOME desktop.

Is there an alternative tha does not require a GUI?

 

Thanks,

 

Marco

 

 

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There official download only seems to have a single Debian package; which I assume you have already explored. https://01.org/node/2463

 

If you happen to have a system that can support a graphical interface, you can try using Docker to mimic the environment and make the use of the same package and perform the action, like this author has explained, http://joeferner.github.io/2015/07/13/intel-flash-tool-lite-linux.

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Thanks a lot,

 

I'm on Debian, but it's an headless system to be used in mass production, the footprint must be small.

I just need the CLI version of the tool. why isn't intel separating the backend from the frontend like every other Linux program?

 

Thanks again,

 

Marco

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Hi Marco,

 

Thank you for contacting us. I assume you are using the Intel® Platform Flash Tool Lite version 5.8.4 as found here https://01.org/node/2463. What you are trying to do may not be possible as Debian is not a supported configuration as mentioned in the link.

 

If you are trying to flash the Intel® Edison board I'd suggest to do this manually with the flashall method as shown here https://software.intel.com/en-us/flashing-firmware-on-your-intel-edison-board-linux. For your reference and easier access you can find the latest firmware for the board here https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27074/Intel-Edison-Yocto-Poky-image. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

 

Regards,

@Luis_at_Intel​ 

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Thanks for your support...

It's not a matter of debian or ubuntu, i can switch to ubuntu server or something similar.

The point, is just that i'm required to install this tool from a customer of us, and ONLY the CLI will be used, the target PC will be an headless system without any desktop environment nor x server.

I was just wondering why the CLI needs the GUI to run.

 

Marco

 

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Hi Marco,

 

I am not sure why the CLI version needs the GUI to run. However I have installed on Ubuntu* 16.04 the .deb package found on the guide sent previously, I didn't run into issues installing and I assume this is where you are having trouble with. Once the tool installed successfully, I can see two commands available: "platformflashtoollite and "platformflashtoollitecli". Via SSH I can use the CLI version just fine, and the GUI version of course doesn't work. There may be a way to bypass/ignore the GNOME dependency so that the tool can be installed, this way you can just use the platformflashtoollitecli and ignore the other one. Hope this was helpful. 

 

Regards,

@Luis_at_Intel​ 

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