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Q: How do get the package manager binaries on my target rootfs?

A: Make sure your image has IMAGE_FEATURES += "package-management" included.

Q: How do I create my own source download mirror ?

A: Make a complete build with these variables set in your conf/local.conf:

 SOURCE_MIRROR_URL ?= "file://source_mirror/sources/"
 INHERIT += "own-mirrors" 

After a complete build, copy all *files* (not symlinks) in your download directory to the desired source mirror directory. Test by setting the variables below in conf/local.conf:

 SOURCE_MIRROR_URL ?= "file://source_mirror/sources/"
 INHERIT += "own-mirrors" 

If you are building with BB_NO_NETWORK and using external layers that are not part of the base Yocto distribution, be aware that recipes which:

  1. Specify a Git repo as the source, and,
  2. Specify the revision to be built using a tag name

will cause your build to abort when Bitbake tries to run git ls-remote to resolve the tag name and is unable to access the network. So don't specify SRC_URI like this:

SRC_URI = "git://;protocol=git;tag=v${PV}"

Instead, use:

SRC_URI = "git://;protocol=git"
SRCREV = "8885ced062131214448fae056ef453f094303805"

Before putting together your pre-mirror, this command can be used from your top-level source directory to identify recipes that might be problematic with BB_NO_NETWORK enabled:

find -name "*.inc" -o -name "*.bb" | xargs grep -li "git;tag="

Q: How do I put Yocto on a hard drive?

A: first bitbake core-image-sato or core-image-sato-sdk, and have a suitable partition on the target disk - say partition #1. Assume for the example here this partition will show up as sdc1 on my host machine and sda1 on the target

  1. mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdc1
  2. mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/target
  3. mount -o loop tmp/deploy/images/core-image-sato-sdk.ext3 /mnt/target-ext3
  4. cp -a /mnt/target-ext3/* /mnt/target
  5. grub-install --recheck --root-directory=/mnt/target --boot-directory=/mnt/target/boot /dev/sdc
  6. If grub install passed, copy the following to /mnt/target/boot/grub/grub.cfg (NOTE: also need to set prefix)
    • FIXME: bzImage points to non-existing kernel image. Need to manually copy kernel image from tmp/work/...
set default="0"
set timeout="30"

menuentry 'Yocto SDK' {
      insmod part_msdos
      insmod ext2
      set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
      linux /boot/bzImage root=/dev/sda1

Thats it - this should boot.

Q: How do I put my recipe into Yocto?

A: Let's use the Hello World example from Section 3.1.2 of the Yocto Project Reference Manual and expand on it.

  • In this example, I'll start with a new meta layer named "meta-jfa" in the Yocto Project files directory, which is named "poky". Then, I will add the new recipe and build the image, which is named "core-image-minimal". I will build it using the autotooled package option. Once built, the image will have the “hello” application.
Step One
Create the following directory structure in the ~/poky directory. I'll use my initials to denote the layer and recipe name:
mkdir meta-jfa
mkdir meta-jfa/conf
mkdir meta-jfa/recipes-jfa
mkdir meta-jfa/recipes-jfa/hello
Step Two
Next, to make sure the recipe gets searched and located, I'll create the layer.conf file in the meta-jfa/conf directory as follows:
# We have a conf and classes directory, add to BBPATH 
# We have a packages directory, add to BBFILES 
BBFILES := "${BBFILES} ${LAYERDIR}/recipes-*/*/*.bb \ 
Step Three
Now I need to put the recipe (.bb) file into the right directory. So, I will put the file into the meta-jfa/recipes-jfa/hello directory. I picked version 2.7 of the hello program by going to the gnu site for the application ( and downloading it to checkout the version I wanted to include. hello-2.7.tar.gz is the most current. I downloaded it locally and expanded it to look at the license information. The file contains the following:
DESCRIPTION = "GNU Helloworld application" 
SECTION = "examples" 
LIC_FILES_CHKSUM = "file://COPYING;md5=d32239bcb673463ab874e80d47fae504" 
PR = "r0" 
SRC_URI = "${GNU_MIRROR}/hello/hello-${PV}.tar.gz" 
inherit autotools gettext 
Here is some explanation for a few of the recipe statements:
  • LIC_FILES_CHKSUM = is required and, using file location defaults, points to the COPYING file that is part of the tarball that is downloaded from the SRC_URI address. The md5= part of the statement is generated by running “md5sum COPYING” against the COPYING file I downloaded to examine.
  • ${PV} in the SRC_URI statement is picked up from the part of the recipe file name after the “_”. In this case PV =2.7.
Step Four
The recipe is built, so now I can run it:
cd ~/poky
source oe-init-build-env build-hello.  
Step Five
Before I can use BitBake I need to edit two files. Sourcing the oe-init-build-env file above leaves me in the build-hello directory. Before issuing the bitbake command I need to edit the files conf/local.conf and conf/bblayers.conf in that build-hello directory. The bblayers.conf needs to have the one line added to include the layer you created.
# LAYER_CONF_VERSION is increased each time build/conf/bblayers.conf 
# changes incompatibly 
BBFILES ?= "" 
  /home/jim/poky/meta \ 
  /home/jim/poky/meta-yocto \ 
  /home/jim/poky/meta-jfa \
Step Six
The conf/local.conf file needs to have the parallel processing lines edited to speed up the baking on multicore systems. I can do that by uncommenting the BB_NUMBER_THREADS and PARALLEL_MAKE variables. Generally, I would set them equal to twice the number of cores used by my host machine. By default, the MACHINE variable is set to qemux86 and for this example is fine. I need to add a line to include the hello package I am building into the image by adding the following line:
IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " hello"
Step Seven
Now I can bake it with this command:
bitbake core-image-minimal
Step Eight
Once the image is built, I can test it by starting the QEMU emulator:
runqemu qemux86
Step Nine
Once the emulator comes up, login as root with no password. Then, at the prompt, enter "hello" to run your application.

Q: How do I setup Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xx based system for media playback?

A: To playback media files on an Atom E6xx processor, you need to have the EMGD GFX driver installed. There is a README on this installation in the meta-crownbay directory. However, the official support for EMGD with accelerated 3D and media decode is scheduled for release 1.2, but is in the git repository now, so you need to start with branch, "master" of both the poky and meta-intel repository. And you will need the Intel Crownbay reference platform for the Atom E6xx processor or similar hardware.

Step 1

Follow the Appendix A example in the Yocto Project Development Manual, but instead of editing out the crownbay references and using the crownbay-noemgd, you do the opposite.

One edit you need to add to the Appendix A instructions is for the file ~/poky/meta-intel/meta-mymachine/conf/mymachine.conf. You need to add the following statement to include audio features needed for the audio part of the videos:

Step 2

In the Appendix A example a couple of changes are needed to the conf/local.conf and conf/bblayers.conf file edits from the standard example. The bblayers.conf file BBLAYERS statement should look like below, except correct the absolute path to match your system:

 /home/jim/poky/meta \
 /home/jim/poky/meta-yocto \
 /home/jim/poky/meta-intel \
 /home/jim/poky/meta-intel/meta-mymachine \

The local.conf file should have some statements in addition to what the Appendix A used:

LICENSE_FLAGS_WHITELIST = "license_emgd-driver-bin_1.10"
# The 2 statements below allow the playing of MP3 files. 
# Not specific to videos, but usually included on media use systems.
POKY_EXTRA_INSTALL += "gst-fluendo-mp3"
# add debug development tweaks and test applications, which include amixer, aplay, arecord, etc.
EXTRA_IMAGE_FEATURES = "debug-tweaks tools-testapps"
Step 3

After bitbaking the core-image-sato image, I put the .ext3 image on a hard drive per the above How Do I. I also added some h.264, mp4, m4a, and mp3 files to play with before moving the hard drive to the target hardware system.

I used both the Sato GUI Music and Video players to play the files.

That's all there is to it.

Q: How do I tweak my build system and BitBake configuration for optimal build time as well as provide some guidance on how to collect build metrics and identify bottlenecks. ?

A: You should read the Build Performance wiki page. It provides general tips, a description of the bb-matrix script used for collecting relevant build metrics, a description of how to enable buildstats to generate build performance log data, and a description of how best to apply parallelism to the build.

Q: How do I get the networking to function on an Acer Aspire One n450 based netbook when using the meta-n450 BSP?

A: While the n450 BSP will boot on the Acer AO532h netbook, the BSP does not enable the Atheros AR5B95 Wireless and AR8132 fast ethernet adapters. The Linux Yocto 3.2 kernel has these drivers, but they are not enabled. All you have to do is to create a Config Fragment file with a .cfg extension in a new directory called 'linux-yocto' in the BSP recipes-kernel/linux directory. The new 'linux-yocto' directory will be at the same level as the linux-yocto_3.2.bbappend file. You will also need to add the following statement to the .bbappend file:

SRC_URI += "file://myconfig.cfg"

The recipes-kernel/linux/linux-yocto/myconfig.cfg needs to contain the following 2 lines:



Q: How do I build the build appliance?

A: Update the MACHINE variable to "qemux86-64" or "qemux86" in your conf/local.conf :

Then, run this command:

 # bitbake build-appliance-image

The resulting images (*.vmdk, *.vmx, *.vmxf) will be present in the "tmp/deploy/images" folder ie:

 # unzip
 # cd Yocto_Build_Appliance
 # ls