DevKit8600 FAQ

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Q1: How to alter an existing Root File System?

Let’s assume there is a compressed file system named ramdisk.gz. We could realize alteration on it by the following steps:

1. Uncompress the file into an image file;

#cd ramdisk.gz
#gunzip ramdisk.gz

2. Mount the uncompressed image file to realize alteration;

#mkdir /mnt/loop
#mount –o loop ramdisk /mnt/loop
#cd /mnt/loop

Now the contents of the file system can be added, removed, or modified as required.

3. Unmount the image file;

/#cd ramdisk
#umount /mnt/loop

4. Create a compressed file by using the altered file system;

#gzip –v9 ramdisk

Q2: How to create a new Root File System?

(Approach one)

1. Create a temporary mounting point for loop devices;

  1. mkdir /mnt/loop

2. Create a 15M temporary file;

  1. dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/loop_tmp bs=1k count=15360

The size of the temporary file could be changed by adjusting the value of the parameter count;

3. Associate device file with the temporary file;

  1. losetup /dev/loop0 /tmp/loop_tmp

If a message ‘ioctl:LOOP_SET_FD: device is busy’ appears, it indicates that the device /dev/loop0 is still associated with another file. Command losetup /dev/loop0 can be used to view the device, and remove it with parameter -d;

4. Format /dev/loop0 as ext2 file system;

  1. mke2fs –m 0 /dev/loop0

5. Mount the virtual disk on the mounting point /mnt/loop;

  1. mount –t ext2 /dev/loop0 /mnt/loop;

6. Copy all the required files to the virtual disk by the command cp -af;

7. Move from current directory /mnt/loop to another directory by the command cd, and then unmount the file system;

  1. cd /xx (xx means any directories except /mnt/loop)
  1. umount /mnt/loop

The file at /tmp/loop_tmp is the image of file system.

8. Compress the image file to create a file system;

  1. gzip –v9 /tmp/loop_tmp >/tftpboot/ramdisk.gz


  1. gzip –v9 /tmp/loop_tmp

(Approach two)

1. Create a temporary mounting point for loop devices;

  1. mkdir /mnt/loop