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D1S Embedded Linux with Ac6 System Workbench

Implementing Linux on Embedded Systems

Implementing Linux on Embedded Systems
  • Understanding the architecture of the Linux system
  • Learn how to install Linux on your hardware and create a BSP
  • Explore the Linux system architecture
  • Booting Linux
  • Initializing the system
  • Install existing packages on the target
  • Learn how to install Linux on flash chips
Labs are conducted on target boards, that can be:
    Dual Cortex/A7-based "STM32MP15-DISCO" boards from STMicroelectronics.
    Quad Cortex/A9-based "SabreLite" boards from NXP.
    Quad Cortex/A53-based "imx8q-evk" boards from NXP.
We use a recent (4.x) linux kernel, as supported by the chip supplier.

All labs are conducted using the System Workbench for Linux IDE.

Course environment
  • Printed course material (in English)
  • One Linux PC for two trainees.
  • One target platform for two trainees
A version of “Ac6 System Workbench for Linux – Basic Edition” is provided free of charge to each trainee

First Day
Introduction to Linux
  • Linux history and Version management
  • Linux system architecture
    • Processes and MMU
    • System calls
    • Shared libraries
  • Linux components
    • Toolchain
    • Bootloader
    • Kernel
    • Root file system
  • Linux distributions
  • Linux packages
  • The various licenses used by Linux (GPL, LGPL, etc)
Linux tools for embedded systems
  • Boot loaders (UBoot, Redboot, barebox)
  • Optimized libraries (eglibc, uClibc)
  • Toolchains
  • Embedded GUIs
  • Busybox
  • Embedded distributions
    • Commercial
    • Standard
    • Tools for building custom distributions
Introduction to System Workbench
  • Overview
    • Eclipse
    • Kernel and modules
    • Platforms and Root file-systems
  • The build system architecture
    • Building individual packages
    • Building platforms
    • Building Root file-systems
Exercise:  Building a root file system a pre-defined platform template
Developing applications with System Workbench
  • Creating a Linux program
  • Creating a library
    • Static library
    • Shared library
  • Debugging on the target
    • Using an SSH connection
    • Debugging shared libraries
Exercise:  Create a small program, with a custom shared library, and debug it on the target
Using U-Boot
  • Introduction to U-Boot
  • Booting the board through U-Boot
    • Booting from NOR
    • Booting from NAND
    • Booting from eMMC
  • U-Boot environment variables
    • User-defined variables
    • Predefined variables
    • Variables substitution
  • The U-Boot minimal shell
    • Writing scripts in variables
    • Executing scripts
    • Using variables in scripts: the set-script pattern
  • U-Boot main commands
    • Booting an OS
    • Accessing flash chips
    • Accessing file systems (NFS, FAT, EXTx, JFFS2…)
  • The full U-Boot shell
    • Script structure
    • Control flow instructions (if, for…)
  • Booting Linux
    • Linux kernel parameters
    • The Linux startup sequence
Exercise:  Writing a script to configure the network and pass this configuration to the Linux kernel
Exercise:  Booting the board on NFS, using pre-existing images
Exercise:  Writing scripts to choose between boot from flash or from the network
Second Day
Building U-Boot
  • Building and installing U-Boot with its native build system
  • Building U-boot with System Workbench
Exercise:  Configuring and building u-boot with its native build system
Exercise:  Building u-boot from System Workbench
Building the kernel
  • The Linux build system
    • Downloading stable source code
  • Getting a tarball
  • Using GIT
    • Configuring the kernel
    • Compiling the kernel and its modules
  • Modules delivered in-tree
  • Out-of-tree modules
    • Installing the kernel and the modules
Exercise:  Configuring and compiling a target kernel for the target board with the kernel build system
  • Kernel projects
    • Creating a kernel project
    • Selecting the architecture and configuration
    • Customizing the configuration
    • Compiling the kernel
Exercise:  Configure and compile the kernel in the platform
  • Module projects
    • Creating a module project
    • Linking it to a kernel project
    • Creating and building modules
Exercise:  Add and configure an external module
Exercise:  Exercise: Configuring and compiling a target kernel for the target board with System Workbench
Building packages
  • Packages
    • Tools to build packages (gcc, Makefile, pkg-config…)
    • Autotools
    • Cross-compiling a package with autotools
  • The all-in-one applications
    • Busybox, the basic utilities
    • Dropbear: encrypted communications (ssh)
  • Automatically starting a program at boot
    • Initialization systems (busybox init, system V init)
Exercise:  Cross-compiling an autotools-based package
Creating a Linux Platform
  • Creating a platform project
    • Importing a pre-configured platform
    • Creating a platform from scratch
  • Configuring the platform
    • Source and installation directories
    • Link to a target Rootfs
    • Build configurations
Exercise:  Create and configure a minimum platform from scratch, using library packages
  • Populating the build environment
    • Import packages in the build environment
    • Build individual packages
    • Build the whole platform
Exercise:  Build the platform, manually building some packages
  • Adding packages to a platform
    • From a library
    • From an existing Eclipse project
Exercise:  Add the previously developed application to the platform
  • Creating a new package
    • Specifying the source
    • Patching the official sources
    • Adding package-specific resources
    • Adding package configuration directives
Exercise:  Add a new open-source package to the platform
Third Day
Embedded file systems
  • Storage interfaces
    • Block devices
    • MTD
  • Flash memories and Linux MTDs
    • NOR flashes
    • NAND flashes
    • ONENAND flashes
  • The various flash file system formats
  • Read-only file system
  • Standard Linux file systems
    • Ext2/3/4, FAT, NFS
    • Ramdisks and initrd
    • Creating an initramfs
    • Booting through an initramfs
  • Choosing the right file system formats
  • Flashing the file system
Creating a root file system
  • Manually building your root file system
    • Device nodes, programs and libraries
    • Configuration files (network, udev, …)
    • Installing modules
    • Looking for and installing the needed libraries
    • Testing file system consistency and completeness
  • Package management
    • ipkg
Exercise:  Manually creating a minimal root file system using busybox and dropbear
  • Creating a rootfs project
    • Creating the rootfs structure
    • Add files to the base structure
  • Edit standard configuration files
    • File systems
    • Initialization
    • Starting applications