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====Debian====
 
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  apt-get install build-essential uboot-mkimage module-init-tools
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  apt-get install build-essential uboot-mkimage module-init-tools device-tree-compiler
  
 
===Get the sources===
 
===Get the sources===
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make a link to the kernel sources
 
make a link to the kernel sources
 
  # cd /usr/src
 
  # cd /usr/src
  # ln -sfn linux-2.6.26-gentoo-r2 linux
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  # ln -sfn linux-2.6.* linux
  
 
====Debian and other====
 
====Debian and other====
  
 
  cd /usr/src
 
  cd /usr/src
  wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.29.1.tar.bz2
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  wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.*.tar.bz2 *(check for latest version)
  tar xjvf linux-2.6.29.1.tar.bz2
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  tar xjvf linux-*
  ln -sfn linux-2.6.29.1 linux
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  ln -sfn linux-* linux
 
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===Edit your kernel config===
 
===Edit your kernel config===
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Note: If your using the Gentoo 2007 Image, check that your Kernel Image name matches.
 
Note: If your using the Gentoo 2007 Image, check that your Kernel Image name matches.
 
Your kernel image may be called '''vmlinux.UBoot''' instead of '''uImage'''
 
Your kernel image may be called '''vmlinux.UBoot''' instead of '''uImage'''
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Note: if your using Dave's lenny tarball you may need to check that the uImage symlink is pointing to your new kernel.
  
 
===Reboot===
 
===Reboot===

Latest revision as of 17:58, 10 July 2012

This is a tutorial of how to compile a 2.6.21+ kernel from vanilla gentoo-sources or from kernel.org sources to suit UBoot bootloader

While this article was originally written for Gentoo users, it is basically the same for Debian or others distros. Note that this article is valid for the KuroBox, LS1, LS-HG, KuroHG and the LS-HS.

Contents

Prepare the build environment and tools

Gentoo

emerge -av dtc

Note: you may already have a version at /boot/dtc. However emerging explicitly puts dtc in the path and gives you the latest version.

Debian

apt-get install build-essential uboot-mkimage module-init-tools device-tree-compiler

Get the sources

Gentoo

Get the latest stable kernel sources

# emerge -ua gentoo-sources

make a link to the kernel sources

# cd /usr/src
# ln -sfn linux-2.6.* linux

Debian and other

cd /usr/src
wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x/linux-3.*.tar.bz2 *(check for latest version)
tar xjvf linux-*
ln -sfn linux-* linux

Edit your kernel config

Clean up before you begin:

# cd /usr/src/linux
# make mrproper

Use the default KuroBox config:

# cp arch/powerpc/configs/linkstation_defconfig .config

Make sure the config is sane:

# make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig

The default config is minimal. You'll have to enable support for any non-standard things you may be using. I use reiserfs and netatalk, so I enabled support for that filesystem and also for appletalk. Also, with recent filesystem developments, you may wish to consider ext4 or others.

For troubleshooting ease, it is a good idea to enable Netconsole kernel access. Enable Device drivers -> Networking device support -> Network console logging support (EXPERIMENTAL)

Compile your kernel

# make uImage && make modules && make modules_install

Sit back and listen to music. Go to the store. Wash the dog.

Backup your old kernel and dtb file

# cp /boot/uImage /boot/uImage.bak
# cp /boot/kuroboxHG.dtb /boot/kuroboxHG.dtb.bak

If you have a LS1/HD, then change your .dtb filename as necessary.

Compile the dtb file

# cp kuroboxHG.dtb /tmp/
# cd /usr/src/linux/arch/powerpc/boot/dts
# dtc -I dts -O dtb -V 16 -o /tmp/kuroboxHG.dtb kuroboxHG.dts
# cp /tmp/kuroboxHG.dtb /boot/kuroboxHG.dtb

Install the kernel & enable modules

# cp /usr/src/linux/arch/powerpc/boot/uImage /boot/uImage
# cd /lib/modules/2.6.2x.x/
# depmod

Note: If your using the Gentoo 2007 Image, check that your Kernel Image name matches. Your kernel image may be called vmlinux.UBoot instead of uImage

Note: if your using Dave's lenny tarball you may need to check that the uImage symlink is pointing to your new kernel.

Reboot

# reboot

With any luck, you'll be booting your new kernel.

Watch your netconsole window for information that may prove helpful in case of a problem.

Troubleshooting

Give your box time to come up, it may take a while to boot after the upgrade.

If something goes wrong, simply boot in EM mode and copy your old kernel back.

# cp /boot/uImage.bak /boot/uImage
# cp /boot/kuroboxHG.dtb.bak /boot/kuroboxHG.dtb
# echo -n "OKOK" > /dev/fl3