[Buildroot] Beaglebone Black support

Frank Hunleth fhunleth at troodon-software.com
Mon Jun 24 12:22:56 UTC 2013

Hi Richard,

On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM, rh <richard_hubbe11 at lavabit.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:30:12 -0400
> Frank Hunleth
> <fhunleth at troodon-software.com> wrote:
> --8<--
>> I'd just like to point to a kernel that is maintained and has the
>> features that I need. The one at github.com/beagleboard/kernel is the
>> obvious choice since that's what's shipped on the Beaglebone Black.
> I was asking since I just started trying buildroot myself.

If you'd like to try out my repository for the BBB, feel free to look at:


I don't have much in the line of instructions right now, but it should
build for you. Check out the bbb branch and run "make
beagleboneblack_defconfig" and make. I can run the images from both a
microSD card and eMMC, and things seem to be coming up.

Also, I just put in the PRU's PASM assembler and interface libraries.
I haven't checked it out yet except that it builds and can assemble
the examples.

>> The point of my email is just that the github.com/beagleboard/kernel
>> repository is not in a form that nicely integrates with buildroot due
>> to it just containing patches for a Linux kernel. I'm just looking for
>> pointers on how best to handle this.
> I think the answer is in the other reply, but I'm not sure yet. From the
> brief time I've used buildroot it seems flexible enough to allow pulling
> stuff from lots of places.

Despite using br for the past few years on a handful of projects, it
seems like every time I update my tree that I learn about a few new

>> For the time being, I just ran the github.com/beaglebone/kernel script
>> to create a patched kernel, tarred it up and posted it on a server for
>> buildroot to download. It will become annoying after a few updates to
>> the patch set, and I may consider automating it, but for now it keeps
>> me moving forward. I'll happily change what I'm doing should a better
>> way come up.
> I think the ARM stuff needs more work before it's accepted upstream but
> don't know for sure.


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