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BuildRoot 2015.08.1 + Linux 4.1.8 on Aria G25

BuildRoot is a set of makefiles and patches that makes it easy to generate a complete Embedded Linux System. It can generate any or all of a cross-compilation toolchain, a root filesystem, a kernel image and a bootloader image

This article explains how to create a bootable class='acmetable' microSD for Aria G25 SoM using the latest BuildRoot version and the latest stable class='acmetable' Kernel version available now (Sept 22, 2015).

Building procedure

Download BuildRoot version 2015.08.1 from its repository:


Decompress the .bz2 file in your home directory and move inside the new directory:

~$ tar xjvf buildroot-2015.08.1.tar.bz2
~$ cd buildroot-2015.08.1

Download our patch file to add the file requested by Aria G25:


and apply it by typing:

~/buildroot-2015.08.1$ patch -p1 < acme.patch

Select the Aria G25 minimal configuration:

~/buildroot-2015.08.1$ make aria_defconfig

If you want to change something of the basic BuildRoot configuration (like adding packages) type:

~/buildroot-2015.08.1$ make menuconfig

If you want to change something in the Linux Kernel configuration (like adding some drivers) type:

~/buildroot-2015.08.1$ make linux-menuconfig

Save and exit from the configuration menu and launch the BuildRoot compilation.

This operation will take about 1 hour to download and compile any source of any part of your Linux distribution.

~/buildroot-2015.08.1$ make

If everything goes well you will obtain these binary files in output/images directory:

  • The bootloader image: at91sam9x5_aria-sdcardboot-linux-zimage-dt-3.7.bin
  • The Linux Kernel image: zImage
  • The device tree blob file: aria.dtb
  • The whole root file system contents: rootfs.tar

Insert a microSD formated in this way using gparted:

  • a first fat16 or fat32 partition (>6 MB) labeled boot
  • a second ext4 partition (>32 MB) labeled rootfs

Copy the files generated renaming some of them in this way:

cp output/images/at91sam9x5_aria-sdcardboot-linux-zimage-dt-3.7.bin /media/$USER/boot/boot.bin
cp output/images/aria.dtb /media/$USER/boot/at91-ariag25.dtb
cp output/images/zImage /media/$USER/boot
sudo tar xvf output/images/rootfs.tar -C /media/$USER/rootfs

Unmount the microSD and boot on your Aria. It will take about 2 minutes the first time to calculate the openssh keys. The next boots it will take just 5 secs.

At login:

  • login: root
  • password: acmesystems

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