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== Fine control ==
 
== Fine control ==
If you need more control over the configuration and compile process, you can go to the shell by:
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If you need more control over the configuration and compile process, add this somewhere into your local.conf:
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  INHERIT += "devshell"
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and then you can go to the shell by:
 
   bitbake -c devshell virtual/kernel
 
   bitbake -c devshell virtual/kernel
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The build environment will be well setup for you; you can run regular make commands like <tt>make bzImage</tt> ...etc
 
The build environment will be well setup for you; you can run regular make commands like <tt>make bzImage</tt> ...etc
  

Revision as of 13:36, 9 March 2011

Contents

Default Build

For a default build, just run:

 bitbake virtual/kernel

After done, you can collect the built image from under the deploy folder, for example: build/tmp/deploy/glibc/images/vmware/bzImage-vmware.bin.


Kernel image type

What kind of kernel image to build is controlled by the variable KERNEL_IMAGETYPE, which is normally defined in the machine config file. For example, build image for u-boot

 KERNEL_IMAGETYPE = "uImage"

Select kernel version

FIXME.

Default configuration

The default .config file used is normally placed somewhere under recipes/linux named defconfig. You may want to search for it, say for vmware:

 find recipes/linux -name "vmware*"
 

And you find it in:

 recipes/linux/linux/vmware/defconfig

Apply custom patches

FIXME

Customize configuration

If you need to customize the kernel configuration, you may run the menuconfig task by:

 bitbake -c menuconfig virtual/kernel


Note: by default these command requires you to run in X Windows. If you want to work in text terminal only, here's a how to.

Compile

After that, you can compile the kernel by:

 bitbake -f -c compile virtual/kernel

Fine control

If you need more control over the configuration and compile process, add this somewhere into your local.conf:

 INHERIT += "devshell"

and then you can go to the shell by:

 bitbake -c devshell virtual/kernel

The build environment will be well setup for you; you can run regular make commands like make bzImage ...etc

Preserving the custom configuration

Changes are lost if you remove the tmpdir or do a "bitbake -c clean virtual/kernel", so you may consider replacing the defconfig with it.

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