Building Embedded Linux Systems
Concepts, Techniques, Tricks, and Traps
By: Karim Yaghmour, Jon Masters, Gilad Ben-Yossef, Philippe Gerum
Publication Date: 2008-08-25
Number of pages: 464
There's a great deal of excitement surrounding the use of Linux in embedded systems -- for everything from cell phones to car ABS systems and water-filtration plants -- but not a lot of practical information. Building Embedded Linux Systems offers an in-depth, hard-core guide to putting together embedded systems based on Linux. Updated for the latest version of the Linux kernel, this new edition gives you the basics of building embedded Linux systems, along with the configuration, setup, and use of more than 40 different open source and free software packages in common use. The book also looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using Linux in an embedded system, plus a discussion of licensing issues, and an introduction to real-time, with a discussion of real-time options for Linux.This indispensable book features arcane and previously undocumented procedures for:Building your own GNU development toolchainUsing an efficient embedded development frameworkSelecting, configuring, building, and installing a target-specific kernelCreating a complete target root filesystemSetting up, manipulating, and using solid-state storage devicesInstalling and configuring a bootloader for the targetCross-compiling a slew of utilities and packagesDebugging your embedded system using a plethora of tools and techniquesUsing the uClibc, BusyBox, U-Boot, OpenSSH, thttpd, tftp, strace, and gdb packages
By presenting how to build the operating system components from pristine sources and how to find more documentation or help, Building Embedded Linux Systems greatly simplifies the task of keeping complete control over your embedded operating system.