Building Embedded Linux Full Tutorial for ARM


Published on

Full Tutorial to learn how to build your own embedded Linux system for ARM architecture & test it on hardware emulator like Qemu.

Published in: Technology
  • Good tutorial to build embedded Linux, good read.
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • My name is Jessica Luis, and I base in USA...My life is back!!! After 1 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids . I felt like my life was about to end i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr Mohammed, which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet,I came across allot of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. i also come across one particular testimony,it was about a woman called Sonia,she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Mohammed's e-mail address. After reading all these,I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before Dr Mohammed, is really a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man... If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems for you. Try High anytime, he might be the answer to your problems. Here's his contact: or call him +2348134493948
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Building Embedded Linux Full Tutorial for ARM

  1. 1. Building Embedded Linux (Full Tutorial for ARM) Information Technology Institute (ITI) Sherif Mousa Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute 1
  2. 2. 2Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute Using Linux in an embedded project is easier, and more fun, than ever 
  3. 3. Tips for Linux • Read instructions and tips carefully. • Always read error messages carefully, in particular the first one which is issued. • Never stay stuck with a strange problem more than 5 minutes. • If you ran commands from a root shell by mistake, your regular user may no longer be able to handle the corresponding generated files. In this case, use the chown –R command to give the new files back to your regular user. 3Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  4. 4. Tips for Linux • You should only use the root user for operations that require super-user privileges, such as: mounting a file system, loading a kernel module, changing file ownership, configuring the network. Most regular tasks (such as downloading, extracting sources, compiling...) can be done as a regular user. 4Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  5. 5. 5 Hardware for Linux systems Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  6. 6. Processor and Arch. • The Linux kernel and most other architecture- dependent component support a wide range of 32 and 64 bits architectures – x86 and x86-64, as found on PC platforms, but also embedded systems (multimedia, industrial) – ARM, with hundreds of different SoC (multimedia, industrial) – PowerPC (mainly real-time, industrial applications) 6Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  7. 7. RAM & Storage • RAM: a very basic Linux system can work within 8 MB of RAM, but a more realistic system will usually require at least 32 MB of RAM. Depends on the type and size of applications. • Storage: a very basic Linux system can work within 4 MB of storage, but usually more is needed. – Flash storage is supported, both NAND and NOR flash, with specific filesystems. – Block storage including SD/MMC cards and eMMC. 7Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  8. 8. Communication • The Linux kernel has support for many common communication busses – USB – SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) – CAN (Controller Area Network) – 1-wire • And also extensive networking support – Ethernet, Wi, Bluetooth, CAN, etc. – IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP, etc. – Firewalling, advanced routing. 8Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  9. 9. Types of HW platforms • Evaluation platforms from the SoC vendor. Usually expensive, but many peripherals are built-in. Generally unsuitable for real products. • Component on Module, a small board with only CPU/RAM/ash and a few other core components, with connectors to access all other peripherals. Can be used to build end products for small to medium quantities. • Custom platform. Schematics for evaluation boards or development platforms are more and more commonly freely available, making it easier to develop custom platforms. (Open Hardware) 9Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  10. 10. Tips for HW • Make sure the hardware you plan to use is already supported by the Linux kernel, and has an open-source bootloader. • Having support in the official versions of the projects (kernel, bootloader) is a lot better: quality is better, and new versions are available. • Some SoC vendors and/or board vendors do not contribute their changes back to the mainline Linux kernel. 10Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  11. 11. 11 Software Components Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  12. 12. Software Components • Cross-compilation ToolChain • Bootloader • Linux Kernel • System libraries (C library) • Filesystem with other libraries & apps. 12Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  13. 13. Embedded Linux Output • Board Support Package development – A BSP contains a bootloader and kernel with the suitable device drivers for the targeted hardware • System integration – Integrate all the components, bootloader, kernel, third-party libraries and applications and in-house applications into a working system • Development of applications – Normal Linux applications, but using specially chosen libraries 13Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  14. 14. Cross-ToolChain 14Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute X86 Binary Target Binary X86 X86 Target CPU Source Code Native ToolChain Cross ToolChain
  15. 15. 15 Where to get Cross-ToolChain Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  16. 16. Where to get Cross-ToolChain • • Codesourcery, ready-made – software/codesourcery • Linaro, ready made – • Buildroot, tool to build – • Crosstool-NG, tool to build – 16Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  17. 17. 17 Building Cross-ToolChain Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  18. 18. Cross-ToolChain • Three machines must be distinguished when discussing toolchain creation – The build machine, where the toolchain is built. – The host machine, where the toolchain will be executed. – The target machine, where the binaries created by the toolchain are executed. 18Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  19. 19. Cross-ToolChain components 19Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute GDB (optional) GCC CompilerC/C++ libs binutils Kernel Headers
  20. 20. Binutils • Binutils is a set of tools to generate and manipulate binaries for a given CPU architecture – as, the assembler, that generates binary code from assembler source code – ld, the linker – ar, ranlib, to generate .a archives, used for libraries – objdump, readelf, size, nm, strings, to inspect binaries. Very useful analysis tools! – strip, to strip useless parts of binaries in order to reduce their size • 20Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  21. 21. Kernel Headers • The C library and compiled programs needs to interact with the kernel – Available system calls and their numbers – Constant definitions – Data structures, etc. • Therefore, compiling the C library requires kernel headers, and many applications also require them. 21Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  22. 22. GCC • GNU Compiler Collection, the famous free software compiler • Can compile C, C++, Ada, Fortran, Java, Objective-C, Objective-C++, and generate code for a large number of CPU architectures, including ARM, AVR, Blackfin, CRIS, FRV, M32, MIPS, MN10300, PowerPC, SH, v850, i386, x86 64, IA64, Xtensa, etc. • 22Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  23. 23. C Library • The C library is – Interface between the applications and the kernel – Provides the well-known standard C API to ease application development • Several C libraries are available: – glibc, uClibc, eglibc, dietlibc, newlib, etc. • The choice of the C library must be made at the time of the cross-compiling toolchain generation, as the GCC compiler is compiled against a specific c C library. • We will use uClibc: 23Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  24. 24. 24 crosstool-ng Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  25. 25. crosstool-ng • Don’t forget the required pkgs – sudo apt-get install ncurses-dev bison texinfo flex autoconf automake libtool libexpat1-dev libncurses5-dev patch curl cvs build-essential subversion gawk python-dev gperf • • Untar the source code, then build it – ./configure --enable-local – make 25Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  26. 26. crosstool-ng • You can use help – ./ct-ng help – ./ct-ng list-samples • We will use – ./ct-ng arm-unknown-linux-uclibcgnueabi 26Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  27. 27. crosstool-ng • You can configure it again – ./ct-ng menuconfig • We will use – ./ct-ng arm-unknown-linux-uclibcgnueabi • In Path and misc options: – Prefix directory – Change Maximum log level to see to DEBUG • In Toolchain options: – Set Tuple’s alias to arm-linux 27Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  28. 28. crosstool-ng • In Debug facilities: • Enable gdb, strace and ltrace. • Remove the other options (dmalloc and duma). • In gdb options: – Make sure that the Cross-gdb and Build a static gdbserver options are enabled; the other options are not needed. – Set gdb version to 7.4.1 28Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  29. 29. crosstool-ng • Build – Create in you home directory • src >> save the tarballs it will download • x-tools >> the outbut – ./ct-ng build And wait 29Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  30. 30. 30 Using Cross-ToolChain Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  31. 31. Using Cross-ToolChain • Now you have your own built toolchain from ARM arch. Inside x-tools directory. • Add the bin directory to your PATH environment variable to be able to use it from anywhere export PATH=$PATH:PATH_TO_BIN_INSIDE_TOOLCHAIN • You can add this line to bash startup script to be global every time you log in. sudo gedit /etc/bash.bashrc 31Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  32. 32. Compile a simple program • Compile any C program to check the toolchain arm-linux-gcc hello.c -o hello • Or by using static compiling arm-linux-gcc -static hello.c -o hellostatic • You can view the file type file hello 32Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  33. 33. 33 Kernel Compilation Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  34. 34. Kernel Compilation • Where to get Linux Kernel source – • You can download any Linux version according to your needs. 34Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  35. 35. Kernel patching • Changes to the kernel sources are distributed as patch files. The patch utility is used to apply a series of edits to a set of source files. So, for example, if you have the 2.0.29 kernel source tree and you wanted to move to the 2.0.30 source tree, you would obtain the 2.0.30 patch file and apply the patches (edits) to that source tree: patch -p1 < patch-2.0.30 35Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  36. 36. Linux source dir • arch – The arch subdirectory contains all of the architecture specific kernel code. It has further subdirectories, one per supported architecture, for example i386 and alpha. • include – The include subdirectory contains most of the include files needed to build the kernel code. It too has further subdirectories including one for every architecture supported. The include/asm subdirectory is a soft link to the real include directory needed for this architecture, for example include/asm-i386. To change architectures you need to edit the kernel makefile and rerun the Linux kernel configuration program. • init – This directory contains the initialization code for the kernel and it is a very good place to start looking at how the kernel works. 36Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  37. 37. Linux source dir • mm – This directory contains all of the memory management code. The architecture specific memory management code lives down in arch/*/mm/, for example arch/i386/mm/fault.c. • drivers – All of the system's device drivers live in this directory. They are further sub-divided into classes of device driver, for example block. • ipc – This directory contains the kernels inter-process communications code. • modules – This is simply a directory used to hold built modules. • fs – All of the file system code. This is further sub-divided into directories, one per supported file system, for example vfat and ext2. 37Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  38. 38. Linux source dir • kernel – The main kernel code. Again, the architecture specific kernel code is in arch/*/kernel. • net – The kernel's networking code. • lib – This directory contains the kernel's library code. The architecture specific library code can be found in arch/*/lib/. • scripts – This directory contains the scripts (for example awk and tk scripts) that are used when the kernel is configured. 38Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  39. 39. Kernel Compilation • Configure the Linux kernel make vexpress_defconfig ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- • Edit the default configuration make menuconfig • Build the kernel image make all ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- • You will find the kernel image in arch/arm/boot/zImage 39Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  40. 40. 40 HW Emulators Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  41. 41. HW Emulators • Hardware emulation is the process of imitating the behavior of one or more pieces of hardware (typically a system under design) with another piece of hardware, typically a special purpose emulation system. 41Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  42. 42. Qemu • QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. • QEMU lets you run another operating system on top of your existing OS. • When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performance. 42Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  43. 43. Qemu • Install Qemu on Ubuntu sudo apt-get install qemu-system • Test Qemu running qemu-system-i386 -m 256M –kernel /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-57-generic-pae -initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-57-generic-pae • This command will run your current installed Linux kernel inside Qemu emulator 43Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  44. 44. Qemu ARM • To run the ARM kernel inside Qemu • We need the zImage Kernel & initrd image filesystem with init process to run • Compile a simple C program arm-linux-gcc -static hello.c -o init • Generate the initramfs image echo init | cpio -o --format=newc > initramfs 44Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  45. 45. Qemu ARM • Put the zImage & initramfs together and execute the command qemu-system-arm -M vexpress-a9 -kernel zImage -initrd initramfs -append "console=tty1“ • The Linux system should start and execute the single process init. 45Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  46. 46. 46 Building full ARM system with Busybox Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  47. 47. Linux Kernel • The same zImage kernel already built. 47Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  48. 48. Busybox • Inside Busybox source dir, configure & cross- compile for ARM (static) make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- defconfig make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- menuconfig Busybox Settings --> Build Options --> Build Busybox as a static binary (CHECK) • Command to start building make CONFIG_PREFIX=/home/user-name/ARM_SYSTEM_DIR ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- install 48Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  49. 49. Complete the filesystem dirs • Inside the ARM_SYSTEM_DIR mkdir proc sys dev etc etc/init.d gedit etc/init.d/rcS #!/bin/sh mount -t proc none /proc mount -t sysfs none /sys /sbin/mdev –s • Change the rcS file permissions chmod +x etc/init.d/rcS 49Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  50. 50. Create the root fs image file • Inside the ARM_SYSTEM_DIR find . | cpio -o --format=newc > ../rootfs.img cd .. gzip -c rootfs.img > rootfs.img.gz • Now you have the kernel image & the root fs image compressed 50Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  51. 51. Run Qemu emulator qemu-system-arm -M vexpress-a9 -kernel zImage -initrd rootfs.img.gz -append "root=/dev/ram rdinit=/bin/sh“ • Now you got a console running, and can try any command or app installed. 51Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute
  52. 52. 52Embedded Linux @ Information Technology Institute