EBC Exercise 27 BusyBox

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thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder

Getting BusyBox


Get the busybox sources from the busybox site

host$ git clone git://busybox.net/busybox.git
host$ cd busybox


host$ source ~/crossCompileEnv.sh
host$ make help
host$ make defconfig
host$ make -j9       # use -jX for X-1 cores


You can now configure BusyBox (In the event that none of the graphical tools work you can use "make config" to use the text based tool as a method of last resort). First be sure you have the graphics libraries loaded.

host$ sudo apt-get install libglade2-dev
host$ make gconfig

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

host$ make -j4

My make took about 1.5 minutes to compile (25 seconds with make -j8!).


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

host$ scp busybox root@beagle:.
beagle$ busybox
beagle$ ./busybox
beagle$ ./busybox ls

What's the difference between running busybox and ./busybox? Try some other commands...

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder