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Set up multiple Fuchsia devices

This guide will walk you through the process of getting two Fuchsia devices set up and synchronizing story state using the Ledger.

Setup

Devices

Follow the steps at in the top level docs to:

  • Check out the source and build Fuchsia.
  • Install it on two devices (or emulators).
  • Connect the devices to the network.

Identify Test Machines

Each Fuchsia device has a unique node name based on its MAC address. It is of the form power-nerd-saved-santa. You can list the nodes on your network with the netls command.

> netls
    device glad-bats-hunk-lady (fe80::f64d:30ff:fe68:2620/6)
    device blurt-chip-sugar-wish (fe80::8eae:4cff:feee:4f40/6)

Running Commands On Test Machines

The netruncmd <nodename> <command> command can be used to run commands on remote machines. The output of the command is not shown. If you need to see the output, use the loglistener [<nodename>] command.

Ledger Setup

Ledger is a distributed storage system for Fuchsia. Stories use it to synchronize their state across multiple devices. Follow the steps in Ledger's User Guide to:

  • Set up persistent storage. (optional)
  • Verify the network is connected.
  • Configure a Firebase instance.
  • Setup sync on each device using configure_ledger.

Run Stories

Virtual consoles.

The systems boots up with three virtual consoles. Alt-F1 through Alt-F3 can be used to switch between virtual consoles.

Wipe Data

The format of the Ledger as well as the format of the data each story syncs is under rapid development and no effort is currently made towards forwards and backwards compatibility. Because of this, after updating the Fuchsia code, it is a good idea to wipe your remote and local data using cloud_sync clean.

$ netruncmd <nodename> cloud_sync clean

Start A Story On One Device

Use the basemgr to start a story on one device:

$ netruncmd <first-node-name> "basemgr --session_shell=dev_session_shell \
  --session_shell_args=--root_module=example_todo_story"

Using loglistener <first-node-name> take note of the story ID from a line the following:

... DevSessionShell Starting story with id: IM7U9hBcCt

Open The Same Story On The Second Device.

The story can be started on the second device either through the system UI or by specifying the story ID.

System UI, aka Session Shell, aka Armadillo

Launch the system UI using basemgr:

$ netruncmd <second-node-name> "basemgr"

Once the system UI starts, you should be able to see the story started in the step above. Click on that to open it.

By Story ID

With the story ID noted above from launch the story from a shell:

$ netruncmd <second-node-name> "basemgr \
  --session_shell=dev_session_shell \
  --session_shell_args=--story_id=<story_id>