[syslinux] build for ARM (rpi)

Dash Four mr.dash.four at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 5 08:11:12 PDT 2013

Geert Stappers wrote:
> Op 2013-08-05 om 12:29 schreef Dash Four:
>> Gene Cumm wrote:
>>> On Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM, Dash Four <mr.dash.four at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>>> Is there a way I could build this package for ARM (Raspberry Pi)?
>>>> I am using Pidora (Fedora mix for rpi), but can't find the source for this
>>>> package in any of their repos
>>>> (http://pidora.ca/pidora/releases/18/packages/source/SRPMS/s/) and tried to
>>>> build this based on the spec file provided with the sources, but there is an
>>>> ExclusiveArch  statement in that file (ExclusiveArch: i386 i486 i586 i686
>>>> athlon pentium4 x86_64), prohibiting building on ARM-based arches. Thanks.
>>> Just the installer or the entire package?  For the boot loader,
>>> there's (historically) too much dependency on x86 BIOS.  With porting
>>> to EFI32/EFI64, it's becoming more of a possibility but not there.
>>> If you just want the installer on an RPi for booting x86, this should
>>> be closer to a possibility, perhaps with just a 'make clean; make
>>> installer' (adjusted for architecture if 6.00+)
>> Well, I am preparing the image using livecd-creator to install all
>> the packages. This never completes, however, because there is a
>> dependency on the syslinux package, which is never satisfied since I
>> can't build that package.
>> The actual boot loader is unlikely to be used at all, since
>> RaspberryPi has its own way of booting up (it relies on its GPU):
>> when powered up, *only* the GPU is active, which reads certain files
>> on the first partition (config.txt, cmdline.txt to name just a few),
>> parses the options specified in those boot up files, then it brings
>> the CPU up, loads the kernel image from the same partition and
>> transfers control over.
>> So, since my only purpose of using syslinux is to satisfy the
>> dependencies when creating the actual image (I then extract the
>> kernel/initramfs images and use the root system), I only need
>> syslinux to "fool" livecd-creator that I have that package
>> installed, but I am unable to do that at present since I can't build
>> the actual package (rpm), hence my initial query.
> Welcome to the world outside of x86
What's that supposed to mean?

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