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Building an Ångström Image/Flasher with Replicape Support

Building an Ångström Image/Flasher with Replicape Support

We have begun the process to build an image/eMMC flasher with Replicape and Redeem support. It is a work-in-progress, but if you want to follow along—or better yet contribute—here are the steps to get started:

Start with a computer running a recent version of a Linux distribution. We use Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Make sure you have a LARGE harddrive, as Openembedded needs a lot of working space to accomplish the task (plan for 200-300+ GB).

1. $ git clone https://github.com/Angstrom-distribution/setup-scripts  
2. $ cd setup-scripts  
3. $ git checkout -b angstrom-v2013.12-yocto1.5 origin/angstrom-v2013.12-yocto1.5  
4. $ MACHINE=beaglebone ./oebb.sh config beaglebone  
5. $ cd sources  
6. $ git clone https://github.com/moto-timo/meta-replicape.git  
7. Append setup-scripts/sources/layers.txt:  
8. Add meta-replicape to your layers by appending setup-scripts/conf/bblayers.conf:  
     BSPLAYERS ?= " \  
               ${TOPDIR}/sources/meta-beagleboard/common-bsp \  
               ${TOPDIR}/sources/meta-minnow \  
               ${TOPDIR}/sources/meta-replicape \  
9. Change back to the setup-scripts directory  
10. $ . environment-angstrom-v2013.12  
11. $ MACHINE=beaglebone bitbake systemd-gnome-image  

You can also build individual parts of the image separately, such as:

 $ MACHINE=beaglebone bitbake pypruss

You might get tired of typing MACHINE=beaglebone, so you can append your setup-scripts/conf/local.conf file with the following:

 MACHINE ??="beaglebone"

The resulting images or .ipk packages will be in the setup-scripts/deploy directory.

Things to come

  • We have more work to do to get a completely functioning image. Check back for updates.
  • We are working on creating the eMMC flasher automatically with OE.
  • We are working on cross-compiling Slic3r into the image to directly convert STL files to G-code.

--Tim (talk) 00:07, 21 November 2013 (CET)