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We also now have a distro cross-built using dpkg-cross: EmdebianSlind

Adapted Debian tools so you can build/cross-compile DebianPackage s or adapted packages with info on how to cross-build and build smaller packages.

As it seems at the moment the ["Scratchbox"] environment seems to be a primary target to try out these things. With the advantage that we can ignore some cross-compilation issues, and that the tools are easily usable natively too.

We also now have a distro cross-built using dpkg-cross: EmdebianSlind

Project Website


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Cross Toolchain

For Debian Sarge on i386 there is at least the following tool chain available:

Add whichever of these lines your need to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

 deb http://www.emdebian.org/emdebian-tools/stable ./
 deb http://www.emdebian.org/emdebian-tools/testing ./
deb http://www.emdebian.org/emdebian-tools/unstable ./

The "testing" and "unstable" distributions should be considered experimental at this time, and are currently poorly synced with Debian mainstream, so you may have to force things a bit.

To install the full toolchain (binutils, gcc, cpp, glibc), for e.g. ARM do:

 aptitude update
 aptitude install gcc-3.4-arm-linux

You will also need the development libraries:

 aptitude install libc6-dev-arm-cross

You can alternatively install gcc-3.3-arm-linux, or for arches where it all builds, gcc-4.0-arm-linux


  • http://lists.debian.org/debian-embedded/2005/11/msg00014.html

    • Current state of affairs.
  • bring Ed's framework upto date with Etch.
  • create configurations for various devices and document howto do it
  • promote DEBUILD_OPTIONS=nodocs flag for not building docs
  • promote DEBUILD_OPTIONS=notest for skipping tests
  • co-operate with i386-uclibc team and embedded arch porters
  • Kill scratchbox in it's current form and make a better scratchbox2
  • Settle and stick in to one of: familiar/ipkg, emdebian or udebs

Set-up a buildd inside scratchbox (which should be possible as I heard that it has already been done) to start building more packages. (This will hopefully be possible when the emdebian server is back up). (Once I find out how to silence my proliant server I might hook it up to my internet line and provide a secondary build env)

Document setting up the buildd so ["people"]/ ["dev"]s can try it out for themselves.

Integrate ["uclibc"] in the story. This will definitely give some size boost toward smaller footprint to the packages.

Once we have proven that this works start pushing things into Debian proper.

Optional :

  • Make sure everything works with the successors of scratchbox
  • Check the ARM build of Ubuntu

Well I hope I can open a fruitfull discussion with this and hope to see some more people starting to work on this.

See also: BootUsb , DebianRobot , EmDebian/DeBootstrap , QemuUserEmulation .

Work Sessions

February 25&26th [http://wiki.debian.org/EmDebian/Fosdem2006 Fosdem2006]

April 12-16 DebianEmbeddedWorkSessionExtremadura2006

May 14th - May 21st DebConf6