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Re: Cross-Compile difficulties

Subject: Re: Cross-Compile difficulties
From: Kumba <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 23:42:22 -0400
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On Tue, 22 May 2007, wrote:
scripts/basic/fixdep.c:107:23: error: sys/types.h: No such file or
You're missing the basic libraries for native compilation.

| apt-get install libc6-dev


Thanks, I feel like a real idiot. Somehow a bunch of development packages
(libc6-dev, ncurses5-dev, and a few others) got uninstalled on that

Anyway... I was somewhat able to cross-compile a kernel.

Shiva:/usr/src/linux- file vmlinux
vmlinux: ELF 64-bit MSB executable, MIPS, MIPS-IV version 1 (SYSV),
statically linked, not stripped

However, when I rsync it over to my O2, it does not boot. It panics almost
immediately, like all other kernels I compiled natively (on the O2) from
something other than the Debian sources. This is the full panic as
displayed from the PROM:

Status register: 0x34010082<CUI,CU0,FR,DE,IPL=8,KX,MODE=KERNEL>
Cause register: 0x8014<CE=0,IP8,EXC=WADE>
Exception PC: 0x801da9fc, Exception RA: 0x8047b0ec
Write address error exception, bad address: 0xfffff000
Saved user regs in hex (&gpda 0x81061838, &_regs 0x81061a38):
arg: 81070000 50000 8049f510 2
tmp: 81070000 a800 804b5808 fff804d9 ffffffff 81412ef4 a13fab68 8
sve: 81070000 c064d6ca 0 46136478 0 c02b80ce 0 be4acb69
t8 81070000 0 t9 0 at 0 v0 c04936d8 v1 0 k1 fffff000
gp 81070000 fp0 sp 0 ra 0

Just to make sure I'm not doing something stupid. Here are the command in
my kernel build sequence:

make CROSS_COMPILE=mips-linux-gnu- oldconfig
make -j 3 CROSS_COMPILE=mips-linux-gnu- all
make CROSS_COMPILE=mips-linux-gnu- INSTALL_MOD_PATH=~/ modules_install
cp vmlinux ~/boot/vmlinux-
cp ~/boot/
cp .config ~/boot/config-
cd ~/
tar -cf kernel.tar lib boot

CONFIG_CROSSCOMPILE=y in my .config.

I also tried rsyncing the Debian sources over to my Core Duo 2 Debian
machine for cross-compiling. I was unable to get past the .config step.
Debian's patches must hinder cross-compiling in some manner. For example,
make menuconfig seems to refuse to display MIPS as the architecture

I've been mainly using a working Debian 2.6.18 config (i.e. the one from
their package which lets me compile working 2.6.18 from the Debian
sources), but the default config (set to IP32, RK5, etc.) panics at boot
as well. Not sure if the message is 100% identical, I can double check if
anyone thinks that would help.

Thanks again for all the help, it's appreciated.

One, make sure you're doing "make vmlinux.32", and two, CONFIG_BUILD_ELF64 is _not_ enabled. For 2.6.20, I had to cram in a patch from Frank to get these things to not PROM crash (due to the elimination of CPHYSADDY and replacement by __pa()), but on 2.6.21, this patch was unnecessary. Unsure about 2.6.22-rcX.

O2's will boot a pure 64bit kernel, but my experience is that they are ridiculously slow at it (the console lags severely). vmlinux.32 is the modern method of 64bit-code-in-a-32bit-shell, which the O2's and IP22 systems will swallow much better.

Also, gbefb must be no greater than 4MB memory in menuconfig.

And what's the MHz of your R5000? 300MHz?, if so, it'll be the RM5200, and you'll want "RM52xx" for CPU instead.


Gentoo/MIPS Team Lead

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