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Creating a Yocto image for the Intel® Galileo board using split layers

16 Sep 2015CPOL2 min read
This is a guide for building images from source for the Intel® Galileo board, part of the Intel® IoT Developer Kit.

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This is a guide for building images from source for the Intel® Galileo board, part of the Intel® IoT Developer Kit. First, you need to get the various layers we used to compile an image. You'll need to have a fairly large amount of disk space (~20GB) and be running a modern 64-bit version of the Linux* OS. We've tried it on Debian 7 and openSUSE 12 and expect others will work as well.

The images are based on the 'daisy' branch of poky:

$ git clone --branch dizzy git:// iotdk
$ cd iotdk

Add a number of layers on top:

$ git clone --branch dizzy git://
$ git clone --branch dizzy git://
$ git clone --branch dizzy git://
$ git clone git://
$ git clone --branch dizzy meta-oe

Source the oe env vars for OE:

$ source oe-init-build-env

You should be in a newly created build/ subdirectory. Set up your layer configuration from this directory by opening a new file, conf/bblayers.conf. The file's contents should read something like this, note that you need to change the layer paths to be changed.

/home/brendan/iotdk/meta \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-yocto \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-yocto-bsp \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-oe/meta-oe \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-oe/meta-filesystems \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-intel-quark \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-intel-galileo \
/home/brendan/iotdk/meta-intel-iot-middleware \

Set up the distro and your build settings. Place the following in a new file called conf/auto.conf:

DISTRO = "iot-devkit-multilibc"
PACKAGE_CLASSES = "package_ipk"
MACHINE = "quark"
$ bitbake iot-devkit-prof-dev-image

After this, you should have nearly everything. The next step is to make a bootable uSD card image. We use a tool called 'wic':

$ ../meta-intel-iot-devkit/scripts/wic_monkey create -e iot-devkit-prof-dev-image 

Once wic has finished it will print the path to a .direct file in /var/tmp/wic/build/. Write it with dd to your uSD card (remember to use sync before removing it!) and pop it in your Intel Galileo board.

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