How to Build Yocto with a Custom Kernel
  • 10 Jul 2023
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How to Build Yocto with a Custom Kernel

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  1. Follow the steps to build yocto (as described in this page: tn-imx-yocto-manifest) all the way up to configuring yocto build, before "bitbake" command to start building yocto (The line containing DISTRO=XXX MACHINE=YYY source .... ). This will setup the build environment and configure the Yocto build system.

  2. Execute the following command to preserve the current working directory:

    pushd $(pwd)
  1. Issue the following command:
    bitbake -c unpack virtual/kernel
    mkdir ../local_repo/
    cp -r tmp/work-shared/${MACHINE}/kernel-source ../local_repo/

-> where is the parameter "MACHINE" used when configuring the build parameters.

  1. Type in the following command:
    cd ../local_repo/kernel-source

and now you may start modifying the kernel source code.

  1. When the modification of the kernel is done, be sure to commit it (but you don't have to push the commit to the remote git branch). Get the hash/id of the commit.

  2. Now go to /sources/meta-tn-imx-bsp/recipes-kernel/linux/ and then modify following lines in the linux-tn-src_[version].inc or linux-tn-imx_[version].bb as follows:

    KERNEL_SRC = “git://${BSPDIR}/local_repo/kernel-source;protocol=file”
    SRCREV = “Commit ID”

: where the Commit ID is the id for your previous commit. If you created your own branch to work on, then you will need to modify the SRCBRANCH parameter as well to point to the new branch.

  1. Execute the command "popd" to return to the building/working directory of Yocto.

  2. Issue the relevant bitbake command to commence the build process.

For example, to build a complete image:

   bitbake imx-image-full

To build just the kernel, you can also run:

    bitbake virtual/kernel

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