Testing Node.js on Ostro

Awesome! Ostro OS, a Linux based operating system optimized for the Internet of Things, is pre-released with Node.js application framework support. This article introduces how we tested the Node.js, node modules and additional JavaScript APIs supported by the Ostro OS with Intel Edison Kit for Arduino.

Introducing Ostro OS

Ostro™ OS is a Linux based operating system optimized for the Internet of Things. This OS is built with security in mind, and integrates rigorous security reviews through all stages of development.

It supports the following features related to Node.js:

See release notes and https://ostroproject.org/ for details.

Introducing Intel Edison

an ultra small Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core 32-bit CPU-based compute module aimed at small IoT and wearable computing products.

There are a document for getting started and some instructions to help you assemble the Intel Edison board with the Arduino expansion board.

There are also a product brief for boards and kits which describes the features and benefits and high-level specifications, and a Edison board specification.

Flashing Ostro image to Intel Edison

Ostro Project website has some documents for building Ostro OS images and booting and installing an Ostro OS image. But here we start from downloading the pre-release image on a development machine (host) with Ubuntu 14.04 and then flash the image to Intel Edison following these steps:

  1. Plug in a micro-USB cable to the J3 connector on the board (corner next to the FTDI chip).
  2. Flip the DIP switch towards jumper J16.
  3. Open the terminal program on host computer to attach to the serial console.
  4. Download the ostro-image-dev-edison image.
  5. Extract the image, enter the toFlash sub-directly and execute the flashall.sh script:

    $ tar xzvf ostro-image-dev-edison-<build>.toflash.tar.bz2
    $ cd toFlash
    $ sudo ./flashall.sh
  6. Plug in the second micro-USB cable to the J16 connector as instructed by the running flashall script.
  7. Wait for all the images to flash. You will see the progress on both the flasher and on the serial console.
  8. Once flashing is done, the image will automatically boot up and auto-login as root, no password is required.

To remote access the Ostro OS, however, we need to do something additionally because by default the Ostro OS prevents logging in remotely using SSH. We need to generate a private/public key pair to enable SSH access to the target device.

  1. Prepare an ssh key pair on the workstation, either using an existing host ssh key pair (in $HOME/.ssh/), or by generating a new ssh key pair (refer to this generating an ssh key help).
  2. Connect to the target device using a serial port terminal program, for example:

    $ sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200
  3. Save the contents from your workstation’s $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub public key file to the device’s $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys , either by editing the authorized_keys file with vi or copying it using a USB thumbdrive.
  4. Make note of the device’s IP address (using ifconfig) and reboot the device.
  5. Login from the host using ssh with the private key (from host) and the IP address of your device, for example:

    # ssh root@ -i $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa

Testing Node.js

Upstream Node.js JavaScript runtime is built into Ostro image from its LTS distribution with minnor update to generate pkg-config file for node and install it during make install. For example, the current being sources are:

Checking node binary is present

First thinging first, one is likely to check where is the node binary integrated and which version it is.

$ which node

$ node --version

These two checkpoints are used for sanity testing which are then used by Continuous Integration (CI) system.

Saying hello to the world

This test is going to print out Hello World! messages via both console.log('Hello World!') and a simple HTTP server that responds to every request with the plain text message “Hello World!”.

The hello-console.js is very simple:

console.log('Hello World!');

The hello-http.js looks like this:

var http = require('http');

var body = 'Hello World!';
var port = 12346;

var server = http.createServer(function(req, res) {
    res.writeHead(200, {'content-type': 'text/plain'});

server.listen(port, function() {
    var options = {
        host: '',
        port: port,
        path: '/',
        method: 'GET',
        headers: {
            accept: 'text/plain'

    var req = http.request(options, function(res) {

        res.on('data', function(data) {


Running upstream Node.js tests

For Node.js JavaScript runtime, there are plenty of test cases at https://github.com/nodejs/node/tree/master/test.

The most intuitive way to test the Node.js runtime is to run all the test cases from upstream Node.js JavaScript runtime project on Ostro OS supported devices, to collect the test results and log messages to generate a well-formated test data.

Test steps: - Make sure user data has enough available space, e.g. 500+MB. - Download corresponding Node.js release for example from http://nodejs.org/dist/v4.2.4/node-v4.2.4.tar.gz - Uncompressed the node package and then compress the files (in their original hierarchy) in tools, test and deps/v8/tools subdirectories into package, e.g. named nodejs.tar. - Use oeruntime API to push the compressed tests package to the target device under test. - Uncompress the test package, run the test scripts and then parse the testing log and send parsed results to the host.

The tests shall be run completely without failure or error.