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Re: Cobalt linux compiling

To: Kossay Omary <>
Subject: Re: Cobalt linux compiling
From: Mat Kovach <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 1999 11:54:08 -0400
In-reply-to: <>; from Kossay Omary on Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 05:19:26PM +0200
References: <>
On Wed, Jul 21, 1999 at 05:19:26PM +0200, Kossay Omary wrote:
: Hi
: i'm trying to compile linux kernel for MIPS Cpu's using Pentium
: computer.

You mean cross compile it :)

: the problem is that i got confused by the packages that i must get and
: their
: dependencies each to other.
: meanwhile i'm running RedHat v 5.2 on my PC

The current cross compile utilites (binutils and egcs) in rpm format are
for Redhat 6.0, not Redhat 5.2.  If you want to use them on RedHat 5.2, you
will have to download the Sources RPMS and built them on Redhat 5.2, but 
then your milage may vary.
: i'v downloaded the linux's kernel from CobaltNetworks site.
: ( i need this package because i'm building linux over embedded system
: and
:  this package is the most relevant to the linux kernel i need)
: i'v downloaded binutils-mips-linux-2.8.1-1 (file is
: binutils-mips-linux-2.8.1-1.i386.rpm)
: but when i try to install it (rpm -i /temp/binutils...i386.rpm) it
: writes :
: (GLIBC_2.1) is needed by binutils-mips-linux-2.8.1-1
: (GLIBC_2.0) is needed by binutils-mips-linux-2.8.1-1
: i'v downloaded egcs-mips-linux-1.0.3a-1.i386.rpm (cross-compiler)  and
: tried to install
: it but the same error appears.

And that is right, they were compile on Redhat 6.0, which uses glibc 2.1.
: my questions are :
: 1.. where can i get (GLIBC2.x) ; and where should i install it
: ? this package

You can upgrade to Redhat 6.0

:     should be compatible for the pentium processor ; am i right ?
: 2.. after installing the cross-compiler where can i find a glibc for the
: cross-compiler itself

If you are just compiling the kernel, you don't need a cross glibc.

:     in order to compile the kernel for MIPS ? and where should i install
: it ?
: 3.. do you suggest a better kernel source other than that from
: CobaltNetworks ?
:     does redhat v 6 has a source code for Mips ? (embedded systems
: purpose)
: 4.. does redhat v 6 has development tools for Mips ? (cross-compiler
: with glibc's etc...)

The cobalt kernel is specific to the cobalt equipment, if you need to 
work with other mips processors, get the CVS source from
(you can look at for futher details)

: remarks :
: 1.. i will install all the sources needed for the kernel (kernel
: source+glibc compatible for
: Mips) under a user called 'project' - so if you can also write for me
: the command line

You don't need glibc for just compiling the kernel.

: that i should use to install the packages relative to "~project" rather
: than the root directory.
: 2.. i'm not a pro in linux kernel compiling so i prefer ; if possible ;
: as much as detailed
: answers.

There should be no problem compiling the kernel in a differnt location.

Mat Kovach                                  
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