Setup the iPad for a (Python) development environment

This post is a guide on how to turn the iPad in to a (mobile) development terminal. I will install Python 2.7, vim, git and tmux. You can then use your favorite SSH app from the AppStore to login to the remote shell of your iPad and go nuts. I like Prompt.

0. Before you begin

Every compiled program needs to be signed otherwise this will not run on the ipad. You can save the code below in a file and run it by sypplying the path to the configure file. This will prepend the ldid pseudo code sign statements in the correct places. Now the ./configure command will execute successfully.

# Save this as
# Usage: path/to/configure

sed --in-place '/(eval "$ac_try")/i\
  eval "ldid -S ./conftest$ac_cv_exeext"' $1

1. Jailbreak and Cydia

First you need to have a jailbroken iPad an Cydia installed.

2. Install some essential tools

Before we install gcc so we can compile the tools we need we install some standard applications used in most development environments.

apt-get install adv-cmds

3. Install gcc compiler

4. Git and Vim

# add ldid -S to ./configure file
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
$ make NO_PERL=1 NO_TCLTK=1 prefix=/usr/local
$ make NO_PERL=1 NO_TCLTK=1 prefix=/usr/local install
$ ldid -S git

# add ldid -S to ./configure file
$ ./configure --enable-multibyte --with-features=huge --disable-darwin --with-tlib=ncurses
$ make
$ make install
$ ldid -S /usr/local/bin/vim

5. Python

Then we can install setuptools and pip:

$ curl | python
$ curl | python

$ cd /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/

6. Tmux

The ncurses library should be installed by cydia by default. Make sure the version is 5.x

Now install libevent 2.x first

$ tar xvzf libevent-XXX.tar.gz .
$ cd libevent-XXX
# add ldid -S to ./configure file
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
$ make
$ make install

Now we can install tmux

tar xvzf tmux-1.6.tar.gz
cd tmux
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
make install
ldid -S /usr/local/bin/tmux