Creating an EABI Lenny system
The "Lenny" EABI system
The new debian "Lenny" release (5) comes with an eabi version, called "armel" versus the standard, oabi "arm" version. Getting there is not so trivial.
First create a new kernel (see ). Make sure you use the eabi cross compiler and have
CONFIG_ARM_THUMB=y CONFIG_AEABI=y CONFIG_OABI_COMPAT=y
set for the kernel.
This should boot with the old "etch" (release 4) version.
Changing the system
Not so simple, and I am not there yet.
First attempt using "apt-get dist-upgrade" failed, in that it upgrades to the "arm" and not the "armel" version.
Next attempt: follow these http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiHowto, but then different.
Try using debootstrap, info is here: http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/426
First get it, then run it
apt-get install debootstrap debootstrap --verbose --arch armel --foreign lenny /armel-chroot http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian
Next, get some coffee and grade your homework, since this takes a while. Oh, and the card you do this on needs to be big enough. I used an 8GB microSD with an adapter.
Strangely, this got a whole bunch of stuff, but it did NOT seem to include "apt-get", an essential part to continue? Also /etc/apt/sources.list had an invalid entry.
To fix this, unpack and install stuff from /var/cache/apt/archives, some require the --force-depends flag to resolve linked dependencies. (libgcc1 depends on libc6 which depends on libgcc1). There are a lot of dependencies to get apt-get going, but they are all in the archives. When this is done edit the /etc/apt/sources.list to have
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian lenny main
This should now get all the available stuff, but not install anything.
At this point, go to "init 1", and complete the switchover:
I have no name!@solo:/mnt# mkdir old_arm I have no name!@solo:/mnt# mv bin sbin lib usr var old_arm/ I have no name!@solo:/mnt# ls old_arm/ bin lib sbin usr var I have no name!@solo:/mnt# cp -a /bin /sbin /lib /usr /var . I have no name!@solo:/mnt# cat /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian lenny main I have no name!@solo:/mnt# cat etc/apt/sources.list deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian etch main I have no name!@solo:/mnt# cp /etc/apt/sources.list etc/apt/ I have no name!@solo:/mnt#
Send a quick prayer to the silicon gods and reboot: "exit" first! Then "/sbin/shutdown -r now". You get some errors. Finish with
and reboot again.
This did not work. NO NETWORK. FFFF.
dpkg --install /var/cache/apt/archive/net-tools* # gives ifconfig .... ncurses-bin* .... sed* ... lsb-base* ... modules* # to get modprobe ... mawk Now a trick, link mawk to awk ... ifupdown ifup eth0
apt-get --yes dselect-upgrade