[Buildroot] Building buildroot with python (32bit) on 64bit ubuntu machine

Oli Vogt oli.vogt.pub01 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 05:39:54 UTC 2014

Hello John

May bee this is of interest to you:

I build for ARM 32-bit and started working on the new module
python-smbus-cffi a few weeks ago. After running into problems I could not
finish my investigations because of other more urgent work.
Here are the notes I made:

On a 64-bit host: the build/install of python-smbus-cffi fails as follows:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "setup.py", line 7, in <module>
    import smbus
line 1, in <module>
    from .smbus import ffi
line 36, in <module>
    ffi = FFI()
line 56, in __init__
    import _cffi_backend as backend
wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32
make: ***
Error 1

The problem is that on one hand we have a 64-bit host-python and on the
other hand a 32-bit dll for the target system and 'api.py:56' does not like
different word sizes:
output/host/usr/bin$ file python2.7
python2.7: ELF 64-bit LSB  executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV),
dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.24,
BuildID[sha1]=99a8a60d10f743693f46f8a69468385638d2ff79, not stripped
output/target/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages$ file _cffi_backend.so
_cffi_backend.so: ELF 32-bit LSB  shared object, ARM, EABI5 version 1
(SYSV), dynamically linked, not stripped

On the other hand I'm happy with compiling existing modules for python 2.7
under 64bit Ubuntu 14.04.
I must say that I have installed a fair bit of 32-bit libraries and
applications on my system.

Regards, oli

On 23 September 2014 16:05, John Tobias <john.tobias.ph at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> Does anyone here have successfully compiled python (32bit) on
> buildroot using a 64bit ubuntu machine?.
> Regards,
> john
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