Ångström never ending battle

Found out where the f*** meta-toolchain recipes are stored. Hoorrah!!  /Projects/angstrom/setup-scripts/sources/openembedded-core/meta/recipes-core

Ångström  distribution build environment set following infos at : http://www.angstrom-distribution.org/building-angstrom

I must say, the fragmentation of the embedded linux software development tools is horrific. I’ll try to make my notices publique to contribute a small piece to open source community.

There is a difference between “setup-script method” and Narcissus building – the latter one uses ancient stable 2.6.32 kernel, the first one the 3.0.14 branch.

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General remark: never ever use Ralink WLAN adapters (rt73usb) on Linux! After years spent on chasing sloooow SSH logins and dripping SSH-Session bytes I discovered ath9k_htc driven TP-LINK device (TL-WN722NC) – it works like a charm. 

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Why am I using Ångström? It is coherent (sic!! in comparison to Ubuntu rootfs/kernel splitted maintanance). My goal is to create a BeagleBoard based low-latency gateway system for connecting CAN bus with WLAN device on the other side. It needs PEAKCAN driver, stable WLAN driver, and hostapd based Access Point. That’s all. It took a lot of time to build separate working software chunks. Ubuntu Natty rootfs with Robert C Nelson kernel 3.1 + hostapd + PeakCan driver works allright (but slow!). One has to remember aligning gdb and gdbserver when working remotely from Ubuntu Oneiric + linaro toolchain (GDB version mismatch).

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Angstrom “setup-script” compilation this morning:

  • meta-toolchain -> OK
  • meta-toolchain-sdk -> NOK, fails while trying to change something in my host /etc and so on. Why? Where is the description of this bb file? What does it do? Questions over questions…
  • console-image -> OK

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Next problem will be compiling PeakCAN driver with Angstrom kernel, since the driver needs kernel headers. Compilation of Ubuntu RCN kernel aganist them was a piece of cake.

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Next, I’ll try Yocto/Poky. How do they differ form OpenEmbedded? How often do they cross-contribute if ever? I think without analyzing Angstrom setup-scripts which are somehow easier to understand I’ll stay stupid…

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This link let me understanding what to do to be able to cross-compile stuff using local built native ipk packages:

http://marcin.juszkiewicz.com.pl/2008/07/17/using-poky-sdk-to-build-software/

Hopefully, this will work fo bare-bone Angstrom/OE, not Poky only.

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