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Build a Debian Linux kernel for Bifferboard as .deb packages

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In my previous article I explained why and how to build a very small Linux kernel with all possible modules enabled which would help us to run a standard Debian installation on Bifferboard.

You can download the already built .deb packages for Debian “lenny” at the following addresses:

On my Bifferboard, I use the following Kernel command line to boot this kernel:

rootwait root=/dev/sda1 console=uart,io,0x3f8

For Qemu, because of some USB mass-storage emulation issues, the line looks like:

rootwait root=/dev/sda1 console=uart,io,0x3f8 irqpoll


Update: There are (more up-to-date) automated scripts which you can use for the below actions:

  • You need to checkout the whole Bifferboard SVN repository.
  • The scripts are located in the directory “/debian/kernel“. Execute the “build.sh” script from the checked out repository on your local computer, on a Debian “lenny” system.

If you want to build the packages yourself, you need to execute the following commands on a Debian “lenny” machine (a virtual machine or a chroot()’ed installation work too):

famzah@FURNA:~$ sudo apt-get install kernel-package fakeroot build-essential ncurses-dev tar patch
famzah@FURNA:~$ export KVERSION=2.6.30.5
famzah@FURNA:~$ rm -rf /tmp/tmpkern-$KVERSION
famzah@FURNA:~$ mkdir /tmp/tmpkern-$KVERSION
famzah@FURNA:~$ cd /tmp/tmpkern-$KVERSION && wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-$KVERSION.tar.bz2
famzah@FURNA:/tmp/tmpkern-2.6.30.5$ tar -xjf linux-$KVERSION.tar.bz2
famzah@FURNA:/tmp/tmpkern-2.6.30.5$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/src/bifferboard && sudo chown $USER /usr/src/bifferboard
famzah@FURNA:/tmp/tmpkern-2.6.30.5$ mv linux-$KVERSION /usr/src/bifferboard/
famzah@FURNA:/tmp/tmpkern-2.6.30.5$ cd /usr/src/bifferboard/linux-$KVERSION
famzah@FURNA:/usr/src/bifferboard/linux-2.6.30.5$ wget 'http://www.famzah.net/download/bifferboard/obsolete/bifferboard-2.6.30.5-12.patch' -O bifferboard-2.6.30.5-12.patch
famzah@FURNA:/usr/src/bifferboard/linux-2.6.30.5$ patch --quiet -p1 < bifferboard-2.6.30.5-12.patch
famzah@FURNA:/usr/src/bifferboard/linux-2.6.30.5$ wget http://www.famzah.net/download/bifferboard/obsolete/build-biff-kernel-2.6.30.5-deb.sh
famzah@FURNA:/usr/src/bifferboard/linux-2.6.30.5$ chmod +x build-biff-kernel-2.6.30.5-deb.sh
famzah@FURNA:/usr/src/bifferboard/linux-2.6.30.5$ ./build-biff-kernel-2.6.30.5-deb.sh
# When "make menuconfig" is displayed, just EXIT and SAVE the configuration.
#
# After the build, you can find the two .deb packages in "/usr/src/bifferboard".


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Author: Ivan Zahariev

An experienced Linux & IT enthusiast, Engineer by heart, Systems architect & developer.

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