To compile the Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi (i.e. ARM architecture) one should accomplish at least 8 different steps:
- fetching the (last) Linux kernel source code (git://github.com/raspberrypi/linux.git)
- fetching the (last) RPi firmware (git://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware.git)
- configuring the kernel according with the target architecture
- compiling the kernel and its modules
- copying the kernel image to the boot partition
- copying the RPi firmware to the boot partition
- (optional) configuring the kernel boot command-line and its start-up configuration
- last but not least, copying the RPi firmware utilities to the target /opt/ directory
If you have to do often this task then it would be better to automate those steps. Because I did that many times and because I love to create my own scripts that makes my live easier (in the future), I wrote an automation script that accomplish all these steps in order to boost Linux kernel compilation for Raspberry Pi.
This script assumes that you have already a crossdev environment prepared so you can use your cross-arm-compiler right away:
Raspberry Pi kernel compilation automation script. Usage Â Â Â : /usr/sbin/rpi-build [options] Options Â : Â Â Â Â Â -w : the working directory (mandatory) Â Â Â Â Â -c : CC prefix for the TARGET architecture Â Â Â Â Â -f : the path to your predefined Linux kernel .config file Â Â Â Â Â -p : the name of the boot partition of your RPi Â Â Â Â Â -t : the type of the partition specified by -p parameter Â Â Â Â Â -h : print this help message Report bugs to eugenmihailescux at gmail dot com
The <.config> is the path to a predefined Linux kernel .config file. You can use a predefined .config Linux kernel configuration file so that you don't have to configure the kernel every time you run this script. For my RPi model B I have already created a cut-down RPi configuration and can be found here.
The script can be downloaded from here.
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