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== Compiling BusyBox ==
 
== Compiling BusyBox ==
  
We'll attack getting BusyBox like we did getting the kernel ([[ECE497 Lab02 Installing The Angstrom Distribution]]) though the paths will be slightly different.  Make sure you have commented out  
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We'll attack getting BusyBox like we did getting the kernel ([[EBC Exercise 01 Using bitbake for Kernel and U-boot]]) though the paths will be slightly different.  Make sure you have commented out  
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
 
# INHERIT += " rm_work "
 
# INHERIT += " rm_work "
 
</pre>
 
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in the '''local.conf''' file.  See [[ECE497 Lab02 Installing The Angstrom Distribution]] for details.
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in the '''local.conf''' file.  See [[EBC Exercise 01 Using bitbake for Kernel and U-boot]] for details.
  
 
Check and see what you already have for previous installations:
 
Check and see what you already have for previous installations:
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$ source ~/.oe/environment-2008
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host$ '''source ~/.oe/environment-oecore'''
$ time bitbake busybox
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host$ '''time bitbake busybox'''
$ cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2008_1/work/beagleboard-angstrom-linux-gnueabi
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host$ '''cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2010_x-eglibc/work/beagleboard-angstrom-linux-gnueabi'''
$ ls
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host$ '''ls'''
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My bitbake took about 3 minutes to download and compile.
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My bitbake took about 1.5 minutes to download and compile.
  
 
When you did ''ls'' did you see '''BusyBox'''?  I didn't.  Do this to find it:
 
When you did ''ls'' did you see '''BusyBox'''?  I didn't.  Do this to find it:
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$ cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2008_1/work
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host$ '''cd cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2010_x-eglibc/work'''
$ find . -name "*busybox*"
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host$ '''find . -name "*busybox*"'''
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The ''find'' command will find all files and directories that contain the name <code>busybox</code>.
 
The ''find'' command will find all files and directories that contain the name <code>busybox</code>.
 
BusyBox is not a Beagle specific compile, so it appears in a different location.  Change to the BusyBox directory and look around.  Can you find the source? Hint: they aren't in a git directory.
 
BusyBox is not a Beagle specific compile, so it appears in a different location.  Change to the BusyBox directory and look around.  Can you find the source? Hint: they aren't in a git directory.

Revision as of 15:05, 2 January 2012


Compiling BusyBox

We'll attack getting BusyBox like we did getting the kernel (EBC Exercise 01 Using bitbake for Kernel and U-boot) though the paths will be slightly different. Make sure you have commented out

# INHERIT += " rm_work "

in the local.conf file. See EBC Exercise 01 Using bitbake for Kernel and U-boot for details.

Check and see what you already have for previous installations:

host$ source  ~/.oe/environment-oecore
host$ time bitbake busybox
host$ cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2010_x-eglibc/work/beagleboard-angstrom-linux-gnueabi
host$ ls

My bitbake took about 1.5 minutes to download and compile.

When you did ls did you see BusyBox? I didn't. Do this to find it:

host$ cd cd ~/BeagleBoard/oe/build/tmp-angstrom_2010_x-eglibc/work
host$ find . -name "*busybox*"

The find command will find all files and directories that contain the name busybox. BusyBox is not a Beagle specific compile, so it appears in a different location. Change to the BusyBox directory and look around. Can you find the source? Hint: they aren't in a git directory.

Configuring BusyBox

You can now configure BusyBox.

make xconfig

After saving the configuration changes to update the .config file, it is a simple matter of running make.

$ make

My make took about 1 minute to compile.

Copy it to your Beagle and test it out. Just typing busybox will tell you what commands it knows. Try some of them.

$ busybox
$ busybox ls

For extra fun try.

$ busybox httpd

Yup, you are now running a web server. Your task is to figure out where to put the web pages it is serving. If you get something interesting going post your Beagle's address here.

URL Name Notes
mr814.dhcp.rose-hulman.edu Mark A. Yoder My first Beagle web page.

Shrinking BusyBox

How big is the busybox file? Try making it smaller by removing commands you don't use. How big is it if you just have ls? How much bigger is it when you add httpd? Try your own combinations. Report your findings to the class.