Building the Yocto BSP (XUELK)

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AXEL ULite-top.png Applies to AXEL ULite
SBC Lynx-top.png Applies to SBC Lynx
Yocto-logo.png Applies to Yocto


200px-Emblem-important.svg.png As the XELK kit is based on Yocto, the implementation of the MVM follows the approach described here. As such, the reading of this section is highly recommended. 200px-Emblem-important.svg.png

History

Version Date XUELK version Notes

1.0.0

December 2016 XUELK 1.1.0
1.2.0 May 2017 XUELK 1.2.0

Quick reference

Repository Information
Repository BSP Manifest Yocto BSP Layer
URL git@git.dave.eu:lynx/lynx-bsp.git git@git.dave.eu:lynx/meta-lynx.git
stable branch lynx-fido lynx-fido
stable tag xuelk-1.2.0 xuelk-1.2.0
Build targets
Name Description
lynx-image-qt5 QT5.x support
lynx-image-devel minimal for development/debugging image
lynx-image-networking based on lynx-image-devel plus networking tools

Introduction

This is a quickstart guide to build Yocto BSP for Axel ULite SOM and SBC Lynx, to rebuild the binaries (u-boot, linux kernel, root file system) provided with XUELK releases.

For more information regarding Yocto build system, go to its dedicated category page

Build System prerequisites

XUELK MVM is already configured to build this Yocto version/configuration, however, users typically don't use a VirtualBox VM for Yocto builds for performance reasons.

You can refer to Yocto manual setup section for a list of supported Linux distribution and their configuration to create your own build environment on your favorite distribution.

Build the XUELK Yocto BSP

Initialize the build environment

XUELK Yocto BSP uses git-repo tool to fetch all the required git repositories to build

dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ curl http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/git-repo-downloads/repo > repo
dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ chmod a+x repo
dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ ./repo init -u git@git.dave.eu:lynx/lynx-bsp.git -b lynx-fido
dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ ./repo sync

Build the Yocto BSP image

Please note that even the basic root file system requires a few hours to build on a mid/hi range desktop (4-6 cores, 8-12 GiB RAM) also depending on your Internet connection speed (all sources are fetched from the network). Nearly 20GiB of disk space is required for the build. Moreover, building inside the DVDK adds some overhead, since the performances of a virtual machine are reduced if compared to the physical hardware. Thus, it's recommended to check the hardware capabilities of the host system and, when building with Yocto is required, developers should consider the following options:

  • migrating the build system to a physical machine
  • assuming that the host system has the required resources, extending the hardware capabilities of the default DVDK (eg: adding more cores and disk space)

Once completed the initialization phase, developers can launch the Yocto image build process with the following commands:

dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ DISTRO=fsl-imx-fb MACHINE=sbc-lynx source lynx-setup-release.sh -b build-fb -e fb
dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx/build$ bitbake lynx-image-networking

The resulting files (kernel, devicetree and u-boot binaries, plus .tar.gz root file system) will then be available inside build/tmp/deploy/images/sbc-lynx.

In addition to the typical images, the XUELK provides the following too:

  • lynx-image-networking-sbc-lynx-xeno
    • With respect to the lynx-image-networking image, this includes additional libraries required to run the Linux kernel featuring the Xenomai real-time extension. For more details about it, please refer to https://xenomai.org/.

Build additional packages

To build additional packages the user must first enter the directory where the lynx-setup-release.sh is placed and source it

dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx$ DISTRO=fsl-imx-fb MACHINE=sbc-lynx source lynx-setup-release.sh -b build-fb -e fb
dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx/build$

And then can run any of the bitbake command.

dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx/build$ bitbake memtester

The resulting packages (the default format is ipk) can be found inside build/tmp/deploy/rpm.

dvdk@dvdk-vm:~/lynx/build$ ls -l tmp/deploy/rpm/cortexa7hf_vfp_neon/memtester*
-rw-r--r-- 1 dvdk dvdk  9967 Sep  7 05:43 tmp/deploy/rpm/cortexa7hf_vfp_neon/memtester-4.1.3-r0.cortexa7hf_vfp_neon.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dvdk dvdk 25544 Sep  7 05:43 tmp/deploy/rpm/cortexa7hf_vfp_neon/memtester-dbg-4.1.3-r0.cortexa7hf_vfp_neon.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dvdk dvdk  2884 Sep  7 05:42 tmp/deploy/rpm/cortexa7hf_vfp_neon/memtester-dev-4.1.3-r0.cortexa7hf_vfp_neon.rpm
-rw-r--r-- 1 dvdk dvdk  5611 Sep  7 05:44 tmp/deploy/rpm/cortexa7hf_vfp_neon/memtester-doc-4.1.3-r0.cortexa7hf_vfp_neon.rpm