[Buildroot] External toolchain doesn't support --sysroot.

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com
Fri Aug 6 18:00:30 UTC 2010


On Fri, 6 Aug 2010 18:44:48 +0200
"Yann E. MORIN" <yann.morin.1998 at anciens.enib.fr> wrote:

> AFAIK, sysroot support in the toolchain is mandatory for use as an
> external toolchain in buildroot.


We have an enhancement request, at
https://bugs.busybox.net/show_bug.cgi?id=1315, to extend Buildroot to
support non sysroot toolchains.

However, when I initially updated the support for external toolchains,
I tried *not* to use the sysroot capability, and in turned out to be a
nightmare. You could fairly easily get a basic build to work, but as
soon as you started adding slightly more complicated packages, it was
failing with strange issues. Using the --sysroot capability of the
toolchain turned out to be the most reasonable solution, and with gcc
supporting --sysroot since the beginning of the 4.x era, restricting
ourselves to sysrooted toolchains only didn't sound terribly

Of course, if you want non-sysroot toolchains to work, feel free to
work on such a patch, and check that it indeed works to build a large
set of Buildroot packages. Bug #1315 mentionned above has such a patch,
but I'm not sure how well all the Buildroot packages behave with such a
patch applied. Don't hesitate to report your tries, successes and


Thomas Petazzoni, Free Electrons
Kernel, drivers, real-time and embedded Linux
development, consulting, training and support.

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