Gentoo Archives: gentoo-embedded

From: Pierre Cassimans <kammicazze@×××××××.com>
To: gentoo-embedded@l.g.o
Subject: RE: [gentoo-embedded] x86 SBC Gentoo Embedded HotTo version 0.07
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 09:20:19
Message-Id: BAY23-F398BC40805C5A3E113CFCBCBBC0@phx.gbl
In Reply to: RE: [gentoo-embedded] x86 SBC Gentoo Embedded HotTo version 0.07 by Marcel Romijn
I saw these errors also yesterday, but did not find enough time to submit 
the comments yet :(

I still had problems with the python-fchksum stuff and groff compiling.

emerge python did the trick for the first thing and USE="-sandbox" emerge -e 
system did it for the second.

Those commands were available in howto version 0.6, not in the 0.7.  But 
they are still needed.

For what package is the USE="-sandbox" needed? I thought sandbox was a 

I'm also working on a VIA epia M9000 system. What i would like to do is test 
the image (booting etc) on qemu before putting it on a compact flash. It 
would be nice if we could bring together some info on that part too (Or on 
other emulator soft). I will try to write it down while i work on this part 
and will post it here. If people already did this stuff, please post ;)

Pierre Cassimans

>From: "Marcel Romijn" <MRomijn@×××××××××××××××.com> >Reply-To: gentoo-embedded@l.g.o >To: <gentoo-embedded@l.g.o> >Subject: RE: [gentoo-embedded] x86 SBC Gentoo Embedded HotTo version 0.07 >Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 02:39:00 -0400 > >Hello Heath, > >Nice writedown! I haven't made it to the end yet (lack of time), but I'm >getting there... > >I noticed some issues along the way (not counting grub begin spelled as >"grug" or "gurb" ;-) ) > >In step 3 you write: > ><snip> ># Set root password for the embedded_rootfs >chromm /embedded_rootfs >passwd >rm /embedded_rootfs/etc/passwd- >Exit ></snip> > >I presume 'chromm' should have been 'chroot' ? >If it is indeed 'chroot' then you should either do "rm /etc/passwd-" >before the "exit" or the "exit" before the "rm >/embedded_rootfs/etc/passwd-". > >A few lines down, you write: > ><snip> >rm -R /embedded_rootfs/var/db/pkg/ * ></snip> > >As a reletive newbie, doing a quick copy/paste of this command late in >the evening as root in '/', this wiped out all files, except the ones >that were firmly locked. >Fortunately, I'm going through you HowTo in VMWare, so I could restore a >previous snapshot ;-) > >I presume the space before the '*' should have been omitted? > ><snip> >rm -R /embedded_rootfs/var/db/pkg/* ></snip> > > >My aim is to create an embedded Gentoo for a Via Epia ME6000, which >reads the kernel and a ramdisk image from CF and then runs completely >from RAM. >If I'm not mistaken, you were heading for a Via Epia as well? > >Regards, > >Marcel Romijn > > >-----Original Message----- >From: Heath Holcomb [mailto:liquidcable@×××××.com] >Sent: Monday, 08 August, 2005 4:17 >To: gentoo-embedded@l.g.o >Subject: [gentoo-embedded] x86 SBC Gentoo Embedded HotTo version 0.07 > >Version 0.07 >Please add, delete, modify. Thanks! > >Several fixes. Root password now works. Several work arounds are no >longer >need, as the embedded Gentoo team has fixed them (I'm guess because I no > >longer get those errors). There is still one problem when "emerge -e >system" >for groff. Bug 98187 ( >Check >out the bug report for the temp fix/work around (USE="-sandbox" emerge >-e >system). > >I've update my website with this version also. > > > >#----------------------------------------------------------------------- >--------- ># Embedded Gentoo How-To for x86 ># ># A how-to guide to setup a Gentoo embedded environment, you must be >root. ># These commands are to be run on your development system, ># any x86 Gentoo Linux computer will do. The system should be fast, ># to speed development. The target can be any x86 based SBC. I'm ># using a Geode based SBC. Latter I'll use a Via based SBC. ># ># version 0.07 ># 2005.8.7 ># ># Heath Holcomb (heath at ># Ned Ludd (original commands posted) ># Lloyd Sargent (contributor) ># Yuri Vasilevski (contributor) ># Mike George (contributor) ># Kammi Cazze (contributor) ># Marius Schaefer (contributor) ># ># Definitions and Terms ># system_rootfs = your regular rootfs, development computer ># development_rootfs = what you use to build the embedded_rootfs ># embedded_rootfs = rootfs you deploy to the target system ># SBC = single board computer (here it's an x86 based) ># ># References ># ># ># ># Gentoo embedded mailing list (gentoo-embedded@l.g.o) ># ># ># Overview of process (steps) ># 1 - Prepare the development_rootfs from your system_rootfs ># 2 - Build the development_rootfs ># 3 - Build the embedded_rootfs ># 4 - Build and install non-system programs to the embedded_rootfs ># 5 - Build and install a kernel to the embedded_rootfs ># 6 - Deploy embedded_rootfs to target ># >#----------------------------------------------------------------------- >--------- > >#----- Step 1 - Prepare the development_rootfs from your system_rootfs >------- > ># You must be root. >su - > ># Create the development_rootfs. ># I use i586 because of target is a Geode processor. >mkdir -p /opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux/usr/portage > ># Download the latest stage 1 tarball. >wget \ > >ibc-2005.0.tar.bz2 > ># Untar the stage to the development_rootfs. >tar -xvjpf stage1-x86-uclibc-2005.0.tar.bz2 -C >/opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux/ > ># Mount the proc and portage directories to your development_rootfs. ># Makes your system_rootfs's proc and portage directory available from >inside ># of your development_rootfs (after chrooting). >mount --bind /proc /opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux/proc/ >mount --bind /usr/portage /opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux/usr/portage > ># Copy over DNS information to the development_rootfs. >cp /etc/resolv.conf /opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux/etc/resolv.conf > ># Chroot into the development_rootfs. >chroot /opt/i586-gentoo-uclibc-linux /bin/bash --login > > >#----- Step 2 - Build the development_rootfs >--------------------------------- > ># Create new environment and load variables into memory. >env-update >source /etc/profile > ># Modify make.conf file to your liking/needs. >nano -w /etc/make.conf ># This is for my target, Geode x86 processor. >/* >USE="bitmap-fonts minimal truetype-fonts mmx" >CHOST="i586-gentoo-linux-uclibc" >CFLAGS="-march=i586 -Os -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -mmmx" >CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}" >FEATURES="buildpkg" > >VIDEO_CARDS="chips" >UCLIBC_CPU="586MMX" >*/ > ># Set profile to use 2.6 kernel. ># The current stage uses 2.4 by default, and for most cases you are >going ># to want a 2.6.x kernel. >cd /etc/ >unlink make.profile >ln -s ../usr/portage/profiles/uclibc/x86 make.profile > ># Start the bootstrap script. >cd /usr/portage/scripts >./ -p -v >./ > ># Emerge the system ebuild for the development_rootfs. >emerge -e system > >#----- Step 3 - Build the embedded_rootfs >------------------------------------ > ># Create the embedded_rootfs directory. >mkdir /embedded_rootfs > ># Emerge baselayout-lite into embedded_rootfs. ># This gives your system a basic file structure. ># 1.0_pre1 is the only one that is stable, right? >cd /usr/portage/sys-apps/baselayout-lite/ >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs emerge baselayout-lite-1.0_pre1.ebuild > ># Workaround 1 ># Baselayout-lite is still beta, so a few fixes are needed. ># There needs to be a directory "log" in /var. ># Inittab calls for /usr/bin/tail, but it needs to /usr/bin. >mkdir /embedded_rootfs/var/log >nano -w /embedded_rootfs/etc/inittab >/* >#tty3::respawn:/usr/bin/tail -f /var/log/messages >tty3::respawn:/bin/tail -f /var/log/messages >*/ > ># Emerge uclibc into the embedded_rootfs. ># Use the -K option because we don't get the extra files created by the ># build/emerge process into our embedded rootfs which needs to be as ># small as possible. >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs emerge -K uclibc > ># Emerge busybox into the embedded_rootfs. ># First you must emerge it into your development_rootfs. ># This does not create the symlinks in our development embedded rootfs. >emerge busybox >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs emerge -K busybox > ># Create the symlinks for busybox in the embedded_rootfs. >mkdir /embedded_rootfs/proc >mount -o bind /proc/ /embedded_rootfs/proc/ >chroot /embedded_rootfs /bin/busybox --install -s >umount /embedded_rootfs/proc > ># Set time zone in your embedded_rootfs. ># See for details. ># For central standard time in the US, use "CST6CDT". >nano -w /embedded_rootfs/etc/TZ >/* >CST6CDT >*/ > ># Install a boot loader (usually grug or lilo). ># Once you copy/deploy your embedded_rootfs to your target SBC you will ># have to run grub on the command line to write to the master boot >record ># (MBR). ># For some reason not all of /boot/grub is copied over to the ># embedded_rootfs, so a extra manual copy step is needed. ># The --nodeps gets rip of the run time need of ncurses. >emerge --nodeps grub >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs emerge -K --nodeps grub >cp -R /boot/grub /embedded_rootfs/boot/ > ># Modify your boot configure file. ># The example below is for a gurb, for a boot partition on /dev/hda1 and >only ># one partition on the target SBC system. >nano -w /embedded_rootfs/boot/grub/grub.conf >/* >default 0 >timeout 10 >splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz > >title=Linux 2.6.x >root (hd0,0) >kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.x root=/dev/hda1 vga=792 >*/ > ># Set root password for the embedded_rootfs >chromm /embedded_rootfs >passwd >rm /embedded_rootfs/etc/passwd- >exit > ># Modify fstab. ># Below is mine, yours may vary. >nano -w /embedded_rootfs/etc/fstab >/* >/dev/hda1 / reiserfs defaults >0 0 >none /proc proc defaults >0 0 >none /sys sysfs defaults >0 0 >none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 >*/ > ># Clean up the embedded_rootfs. ># Don't know why these files are there in the first place, so if anyone ># can tell me why..... >rm -R /embedded_rootfs/var/db/pkg/ * >rm -R /embedded_rootfs/var/lib/portage/ > >#---- Step 4 - Build and install non-system programs to the >embedded_rootfs -- > ># Emerge other software you need for you embedded target. ># This is very wildly depending on your needs. ># Also your proprietary application will be done here. >emerge foo* >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs emerge -K foo* > > >#---- Step 5 - Build and install a kernel to the embedded_rootfs >------------- > ># Install a kernel into embedded_rootfs. ># First we will emerge it into our development_rootfs, then configure >and ># build it. >emerge vanilla-sources >cd /usr/src/ >cd linux >make menuconfig ># Configure your kernel for your TARGET SBC here. I HIGHLY suggest you ># configure the kernel to compile everything into the kernel, and >nothing ># as a module. >make >ROOT=/embedded_rootfs make modules_install >cp /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage >/embedded_rootfs/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.x > ># A few notes on compiling your kernel. ># If deploying to Compact Flash/DiskOnChip/SD use ext2, as the >journaling ># filing systems "write" to much for a flash device. ># If deploying to a hard drive use a journaling filing system, such as ># ext3 or reiserfs. > > >#---- Step 6 - Deploy embedded_rootfs to target >------------------------------ > ># Prepare a Gentoo (or any Linux distro) system on the target SBC using >a ># harddrive. This is known as the target development rootfs. ># We will create a partition (/embedded_rootfs) that will server as our ># "test" partition to deploy our embedded_rootfs that we generate on our ># development_system. ># ># I use the following partitions to speed development (yours may vary): ># /dev/hda1 - /embedded_rootfs - 1 GB ># /dev/hda2 - /boot - 100 MB ># /dev/hda3 - swap - (size varies, 512 MB is a good number) ># /dev/hda4 - / - (what is left, at least 1.5 GB per 2005.0 install >guide >specs) ># ># Copy over your embedded_rootfs from you development system to your >target ># system and the directory /embedded_rootfs. This needs to be done via >NFS as ># need to preserve the permissions. ># >#The following commands are done from the ># target development rootfs. >mount -t reiserfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/embedded_rootfs >mount -t nfs\ >\ >/mnt/nfs_embedded_rootfs >cp -adpR /mnt/nfs_embedded_rootfs/* /mnt/embedded_rootfs > > ># Modify your target system's gurb.conf (or lilo.conf) for allow you to >boot ># to the embedded_rootfs partition. ># ># Reboot, and if all goes well you'll be greeted with a login prompt. ># ># Fin. > > > >-- >heath holcomb >liquidcable at > >-- >gentoo-embedded@g.o mailing list > > > >-- >gentoo-embedded@g.o mailing list >
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Re: [gentoo-embedded] x86 SBC Gentoo Embedded HotTo version 0.07 Heath Holcomb <liquidcable@×××××.com>