[ELDK] Changing kernel in ELDK-4.2

Wolfgang Denk wd at denx.de
Mon Sep 1 14:43:04 CEST 2008

Dear Robert,

in message <7e63f56c0809010451o3186ba63o1c12ff1d8c85ad97 at mail.gmail.com> you wrote:
> The package logic tempts to make some sort of automation to bring
> a package to the SEFT starting point.

No, not really. RPMs are not really suitable for  such  a  task.  Not
only  RPM  itself includes a lot of overhead (for example to maintain
the package databases), but also the packages contaol lots  of  files
you  don't  want to install in an embedded system (documentation, man
files, example configuration files, etc.). And dependencies  are  not
always  perfect,  i.  e. often you pull in a lot of unneeded packages
(like groff to display the manual pages, etc.).

> What is an appropriate way to add a package (with its dependences)
> to SEFT?

Well, either you do it by hand (this is the most cumbersome way,  but
the  one  that results in the best understanding of what you include,
and why), or you use the RFSB (Root File System Builder) that Deltevl
Zundel (on Cc:) has in the works.

Detlev, comments?

Best regards,

Wolfgang Denk

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