So I decide to check what is going on with crosstool-ng and refresh my old post about building
arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi toolchain. Last post was pretty popular, so definitely this is direction I should follow :). I will not repeat myself, so if you encounter any problems please check last post, section with known problems in crosstool-ng
doc/ directory or RTFM. Let’s begin:
Get the latest crosstool-ng As usual I’m trying to use latest version possible. Following the crosstool-ng page:
hg clone http://crosstool-ng.org/hg/crosstool-ng
At the time of writing this article my changeset was
3200:0fc56e62cecf 16 Mar 2013, two weeks old.
Installation I prefer to use local directory for
ct-ng in case it will change in feature I will not need to mess with
/usr subsystem. Simply tryin’ to keep it clean when I can.
No problems on my up to date Debian wheezy. You will probably want to add
$HOME/ct-ng to your
Add bash completion as it is advised in message at the end of compilation process. My
.bashrc automatically sources
$HOME/.bash_completion so there is a place for local code completion.
cat ct-ng.comp >> $HOME/.bash_completion
Build sample toolchain There is a long list of predefined samples toolchains which you can get build. If
ct-ng bash completion was correctly added, than you can explore it by
<Tab> or simply
ct-ng list-samples. Let’s try to build
mkdir -p $HOME/embedded/arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi
Before you start build consider some debugging options to make build process easier to continue when problems encountered.
Additional debugging options crosstool-ng contain interesting mechanism of saving finished phases of toolchain. This helps when for some reason our build process failed. To enable this feature simply enter menuconfig:
Paths and mix options -> Debug crosstool-NG -> Save intermediate steps as enabled. If something goes wrong you can check what last state was by:
ls -lt .build/arm-unknown-linux-gnueabi/state
Directory on top with the latest modification date is now your first state where you should restart after fail. To restart build in given point:
ct-ng <state>+ #assuming that <state> is where we fail last time
Ordered list of possible states can be retrieved by
4 is the number of concurrent jobs and depends on your setup performance. Building process takes a while so make coffee or anything else to drink :).
Known problems I encounter few different problems than during
Missing expat library Signature looks like that:
[ERROR] configure: error: expat is missing or unusable
[ERROR] make: *** [configure-gdb] Error 1
[ERROR] make: *** [all] Error 2
sudo apt-get install libexpat1-dev
gcj internal error Few times I encountered something like this:
[ERROR] gcj: internal compiler error: Killed (program jc1)
[ERROR] make: *** [ecjx] Error 4
[ERROR] make: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
[ERROR] make: *** [all-target-libjava] Error 2
[ERROR] make: *** [all] Error 2
The reason is that
oom_kiler takes care about
gcj. It means that you run out of memory during compilation Java related code. I experience that when trying to build toolchain with 512MB of RAM 🙂 So this was short reminder. I work on new post about creating virtual embedded development environment based on qemu. I was inspired by this article. Hope this article was useful. If you have any comments or difficulties please comment below. If think this post was useful – share.