Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I download the Emdebian distribution?

The project is still working on tools, mechanisms and infrastructure to build a distro, but we do now have a couple of minimal working distributions you can try.

EmdebianSlind is a pure dpkg-cross based system, where the built filesystem is NFS-mounted on the target to complete installation.

The other is a distro which uses scratchbox for the cross-building: [http://stage.maemo.org/pool/ Ed Bartosh's work]. Emdebian is in the process of deciding which of these approaches to use, or combining their good bits if possible.

what do I need to build a uclibc toolchain that isn't in debian?

You need to patch your binutils and you need slinds version of dpkg-cross. slind dpkg-dev isn't absolutely necessary. you can change /usr/share/dpkg/ files instead to support uclibc. Also you need to use the uclibc source from slind. gcc is just fine. (I don't know if all this is correct, I'll fix this later together with detailed instructions for dpkg-dev)

What changes do I have to do to the linux-kernel-headers source package so I can build them for a uclibc-* architecture?

No idea. if you find out, tell me. you might want to look at what the slind source did.

Should I build my own cross toolchain - or use a prebuilt one?

That depends on what you want to do. If you want to build for a eisting set of applications and libraries it is a good idea to use the toolchain they used. If you are starting from scratch you can build your own. it's not that hard. the toolchain howto on the emdebian site helps. also have a look at the README.cross in binutils and gccs debian dir.