[syslinux] build for ARM (rpi)

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 13:48:56 PDT 2013

On Aug 5, 2013 1:33 PM, "Geert Stappers" <stappers at stappers.nl> wrote:
> Op 2013-08-05 om 16:11 schreef Dash Four:
> > Geert Stappers wrote:
> > >Op 2013-08-05 om 12:29 schreef Dash Four:
> > >>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?
> As it says 'Welcome to the world outside of x86'
> It is a "Welcome", so a friendly greeting.
> And it implies that you are entering a new world.
> Feel comfortable, you are about to learn more about your known (x86 only)
> by discovering a new world, this time the Rpi world. You will see
> different bootloaders, cross-compilers, executable formats.
> Back to the original topic:
>   Reconsider the (hard??) dependency on Syslinux by "livecd-creator".

Looks like open source to me.  Probably a bunch of python scripts. Why not
modify it for your use? Even better, figure out its command-line/configs
and do it modularly and contribute it?

> Or even to use something else as a "CD creator"

Or build creator.


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