[Buildroot] [RFC/PATCH] linux: remove the zImage before rebuild

Guido Martínez guido at vanguardiasur.com.ar
Sun Mar 8 18:53:09 UTC 2015

Hi Thomas!

On Sun, Mar 08, 2015 at 06:47:30PM +0100, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> Dear Guido Martínez,
> On Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:22:54 -0300, Guido Martínez wrote:
> > Currently, if we run "make linux-rebuild", the device tree blob gets
> > appended twice to the kernel image, rendering the latter append useless.
> > 
> > Fix this by removing the zImage before building, so the DTB append runs
> > on a fresh kernel image. This is not optimal as the final Linux linking
> > step is run again, but at least we get sensible results.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Guido Martínez <guido at vanguardiasur.com.ar>
> First of all, sorry for the slow response. I could indeed reproduce the
> problem.
No problem at all.

> However, I am not entirely happy with the solution you proposed. I'd
> prefer to fix the real problem: the fact that we are overwriting the
> kernel zImage file.
Yes, I don't like that either.

> I believe we should rather concatenate zImage and the DTB into a file
> named maybe zImage.appended-dtb or something like that, and install
> this file to $(BINARIES_DIR) and $(TARGET_DIR)/boot/ (if requested).
I had done exacly this a while ago, but never finished it since some
configurations failed to build (I don't remeber why exactly).

> Or, another possibility is to name the file zImage.<name-of-dtb>, which
> would later on allow to generate multiple zImage with various appended
> DTBs.
This sounds better! In fact a feature to append different DTBs to the
image would be useful for myself.

> Doing this however requires reworking quite a bit the
> LINUX_IMAGE_NAME / LINUX_TARGET_NAME logic. Would you be willing to
> work on something like this?
Yes, give me a while and I'll try to send a patch.


Guido Martínez, VanguardiaSur

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