Android SDK on Ubuntu 11.10

I’ve made several false starts on this. So, I’ve decided to document my process so maybe I’ll help out some other unfortunate souls.

Word on the street is that Sun’s Java is the one to install. Those packages are no longer available in Ubuntu default repos anymore, so we’ll have to install by adding another package repository.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ant sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-jre sun-java6-bin sun-java6-plugin

The Android SDK is currently shipped just as a 32 bit package. If you have a 64bit OS, you should consider doing the following

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Now you’re ready to install the Android SDK, which is available through this link.

tar xfz android-sdk_r16_linux.tgz
cd android-sdk-linux/tools
./android update sdk --no-ui

At this point you should have adb in ‘android-sdk-linux/platform-tools‘. This is pretty much everything you need to compile unless you want to use Eclipse. If you are just learning how to use the SDK, you should continue on to Android’s Dev Guide or perform the ‘Hello World’ Tutorial.

Building Ames Stereo Pipeline against ISIS on Ubuntu 10.04

This is a guide for advanced bearded users. If you don’t have a beard, don’t try this at home! These instructions will also work for OSX minus the package manager.

Ames Stereo Pipeline is an open source collection of tools for building 3D models from NASA’s planetary satellites. Our software is able to do this by depending on USGS’s ISIS for all the camera models. That saves me a lot of time because I no longer have to program up custom models for all the many cameras that are out there (MOC, HiRISE, MDIS, LROC, ISS, and etc ). The downside is that building ISIS is next to impossible as they expect you to use their binary releases. This means that to compile against their binaries, we must recreate their development environment, down to every third party library.

There are some base tools that you need installed on your Ubuntu Box.

sudo apt-get install g++ gfortran libtool autoconf   \
   automake ccache git-core subversion cmake chrpath \
   xserver-xorg-dev xorg-dev libx11-dev libgl1-mesa-dev \
   libglu1-mesa-dev libglut3-dev

Building an ISIS environment is incredibly difficult to do by hand. Never-mind the difficulty in sanitizing the bash shell so that it doesn’t find libraries in odd places. So a co-worker of mine created an awesome collection of scripts to make this easier. It’s called Binary Builder and it’s available on Github. The commands below checkout the scripts from Github and then run them. What BB is doing in this first step is downloading and compiling all of the dependencies of Vision Workbench and Ames Stereo Pipeline. This means we’re building Boost, GDAL, Zip, OpenSceneGraph, LAPACK, and many others. As you can imagine, this step takes a long time.

cd ~; mkdir projects; cd projects
git clone
cd BinaryBuilder
./ --dev-env

Most likely things will die at this point. Here is where your bearded powers are to be applied! Good luck. When you fix the bug or think you’ve worked it out. You should use the following command to quickly restart.

./ --dev-env --resume

You’ll know you’ve had a completely successful ./ session when it prints “All done!” and gives you a list of the environmental variables used. Next, let’s clean up by making a BaseSystem tarball.

./ --include all --set-name BaseSystem last-completed-run/install

This tarball will house all the headers, libraries, and a copy of ISIS that you need to proceed. It will be your lighthouse when everything else fails. You can also share this tarball with other users who have similar systems. Anyways, it’s time to deploy this BaseSystem tarball into a permanent position.

mkdir ~/projects/base_system
./ BaseSystem-*.tar.gz ~/projects/base_system

Installing Vision Workbench

You’re ready for step 2. This is all pretty straight forward. However you should notice that the deploy-base script produced config.options for both Vision Workbench and Stereo Pipeline. A config.options script is just another way to feed the arguments to ./configure.  When we install Vision Workbench, the base options in config.options.vw should be fine for us.

cd ~/projects
git clone
cd visionworkbench
cp ~/projects/base_system/config.options.vw config.options
./autogen && ./configure
make -j <N Processors>
make install
make check -j <N Processors>

All unit tests should pass at this point. If not, bearded you knows what to do.

Installing Ames Stereo Pipeline

cd ~/projects
git clone
cd StereoPipeline
cp ~/projects/base_system/config.options.asp config.options

We’re going to take a moment to deviate here. At this point you will need to make some modifications to your copy of ‘config.options’ for Ames Stereo Pipeline. You need to modify the variable ‘VW’ to be equal to the install (prefix) path that you used. In this example, it should be set to ‘~/projects/visionworkbench/build’. You can also take this time to flip other bits that you find interesting. For example, there’s a ENABLE_MODULE_CONTROLNETTK variable that you can set equal to ‘yes’ which would enable prototype utilities to manipulate control networks. Once you’re done playing around, finish your build of ASP.

cd ~/projects/StereoPipeline
./autogen && ./configure
make -j <N processors>
make install

You can also run ‘make check’, you just need to have your ISIS3DATA set up. You can fall back to your own install of ISIS and everything should work fine. If it wasn’t clear before, you’ll find the executables in “~/projects/visionworkbench/build/bin” and “~/projects/StereoPipeline/build/bin”. That’s all folks, I hope everything worked out okay.

Installing Vision Workbench on Ubuntu

It seems everyone runs into trouble when installing Vision Workbench. Here’s a quick outline on how to get my favorite software on my second favorite platform. We’ll need to start with downloading all the dependencies through Ubuntu’s package manager called Aptitude.

sudo apt-get install build-essential automake libtool
             libboost1.42-all-dev libproj-dev git
             git-completion liblapack-dev ccache

The above command gets you most of the way. There is however one more dependency that we require. We need GDAL, which is a wonderful library for interfacing with many different file types and their geographic information. However Ubuntu only provides an old 1.6 version where Vision Workbench requires the latest and greatest 1.7.

Getting the newer version of GDAL requires an additional repo provided by UbuntuGIS. This can be achieved easily by doing the following:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libgdal1-dev gdal-bin

If you happen to be one of my unfortunate interns (Muhawahaha) working from a laptop and stuck behind a government firewall. Here’s what Josh has to say about that:

However, if you are on the ARC-WLAN-GUEST network, port
11371 will most likely be blocked which will cause the above com-
mand (and programs like ping) to time out. If this is the case, the
First, add the line ”
unstable/ubuntu lucid main” to your repository. Then, go to
the website and search for the key
0x314DF160. Copy the text that appears into a local file. Then
apt-key add filename-here. Now you should be able to get the latest gdal. Run apt-get’s update and then install libgdal1-dev.
Alright! We are now ready to get Vision Workbench which as of May is available via a GitHub account. If you want the last stable version, download the source tarball from the official site. But instead I’ll show you how to download the current development code with Git. If you don’t have any plans of ever trying to modify Vision Workbench you can do the following.
git clone git://

Others with ambitions of contributing back to the software will need to create a GitHub account and then proceed to fork Vision Workbench. Before you create a GitHub account, if you are unfamiliar with Git then you should read the first 2 chapters of ProGit. Proceed to GitHub and follow all the instructions until you have your ssh-keys setup. Then you’ll want to follow their instructions for how to fork a project. In the future when you want to contribute back to the group it will be performed with a pull request.

From inside your checked out copy of Vision Workbench in the first directory you’ll want to create a config.options file. In this file you’ll want to following contents.

PKG_GDAL_CPPFLAGS=`gdal-config --cflags`
PKG_GDAL_LIBS=`gdal-config --libs`

Finally you are ready to compile and install Vision Workbench.

make install

Vision Workbench is now installed in the build directory where the source code is checked out. You’ll probably want to point the environmental variable PATH to the build/bin directory.

If you still have spare cycles, you should run the test suite to find out if Vision Workbench is installed correctly. This is achieved with:

make check

You are now finished. It is now time to party.