Cubox-i: Setup Guide (requires another Arch system)

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Cubox-i: Setup Guide (requires another Arch system)

Postby dhead666 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:21 am

Edit: This is outdated (old uboot), see the official guide for Cubox-i on Arch Linux Arm

I wasn't happy with the rootfs from Solidrun wiki and the installation guide so here's a quick how to make your own Cubox-i rootfs and install it on the SD card.
Because we use SPL no changes are needed for the different Cubox-i models.
I tested this from another Armv7 device (Samsung Chromebook) but this should work the same from an x86-64 (or any other architecture).

Create the work folder
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# mkdir -f /tmp/workdir/alarm
# mkdir -f /tmp/workdir/boot
# cd /tmp/workdir


Connect your sd card and find the device:
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# dmesg|tail

From here till the end we will assume that the device is /dev/sdX

Create the partitions and format them.
We will leave enough space before the first partition for writing the SPL and uBoot
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# fdisk /dev/sdX
# o (purge the partition table)


Create the boot partition
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# n (new partition)
# p (default, primary)
# 1
# 2048 (default, start at sector 2048 that will leave 1MB of free space before the first partition)
# +15M (more than enough space)
# t (change the partition id to fat16)
# 6


Create the root partition
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# n
# p
# 2
# Enter
# Enter


Write and exit
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# w


Download uBoot and SPL (from Rabeeh's Dropbox, one of SolidRun engineers)
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# wget http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/72661517/tbr/spl/SPL
# wget http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/72661517/tbr/spl/u-boot.img


Write the SPL and uBoot to the SD card
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# dd if=SPL of=/dev/sdX bs=512 seek=2
# dd if=u-boot.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1K seek=42


Create the filesystems
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# mkfs.vfat /dev/sdX1
# mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdX2


Mount
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# mount /dev/sdX1 boot
# mount /dev/sdX2 alarm


Download and extract the rootfs
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# cd alarm
# wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-imx6-latest.tar.gz  (although I prefer axel, for ex' "# axel -a -n 5")
# tar -xvf ArchLinuxARM-imx6-latest.tar.gz
# rm ArchLinuxARM-imx6-latest.tar.gz


Remove the Nitrogen6X kernel package
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# pacman -R -r ./ --arch armv7h linux-imx6


Remove unneeded boot scripts
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# rm 6*


Install the Cubox-i kernel package
Visit one of the Arch Linux Arm mirrors and get the link for the latest Cubox-i kernel.
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# wget http://de.us.mirror.archlinuxarm.org/armv7h/core/linux-imx6-cubox-3.0.35-2-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz
# pacman -U -r ./ --arch armv7h linux-imx6-cubox-*-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz
# rm linux-imx6-cubox-*-armv7h.pkg.tar.xz


Copy the uImage to the boot paratition
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# cp boot/uImage ../boot/


Edit fstab
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# nano etc/fstab

Enter the following line:
/dev/mmcblk0p1 /boot vfat defaults,noatime 0 0

Save and Exit

Sync and umount
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# sync
# cd ..
# umount alarm boot


You can now remove the workdir
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# cd ..
# rm -r /tmp/workdir


That's it you're done, connect the sd card to your device and power it.


For more information about the Cubox-i please visit Solidrun's Forums and Wiki.
I recommend also to read the following:
http://imx.solid-run.com/wiki/index.php?title=ArchLinux
http://imx.solid-run.com/wiki/index.php ... mmingBoard
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