[syslinux] build for ARM (rpi)

Dash Four mr.dash.four at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 5 14:40:02 PDT 2013

Geert Stappers 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) world
> by discovering a new world, this time the Rpi world. You will see
> different bootloaders, cross-compilers, executable formats.
You can take that patronising crap you've written above and shove it 
back where the sun doesn't shine, sweetheart! I have asked for help on a 
specific topic (and yes, I know what the world outside x86 looks like, 
thank you very much) - if you are unwilling/unable to provide it, please 
move along, there is nothing to see here.

> Back to the original topic:
>   Reconsider the (hard??) dependency on Syslinux by "livecd-creator".
> Or even to use something else as a "CD creator"
livecd-creator is the tool I use to build my images as I have been doing 
for the best part of 10 years. I use it, because it does the dirty work 
for me and it (usually) works well, so that I don't have to execute 
various shell scripts and build that image "manually" so to speak.

I've managed to thwart the syslinux dependencies by creating a "dummy" 
package, so I resolved my little conundrum for the time being.

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