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Notes from my Raspberry Pi 2 Kernel Build

I built this with Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Beta. Some of the packages may be different depending on your version/distro.

Firstly, I had to install some packages:

   sudo apt-get install git-core gcc-5-arm-linux-gnueabi
   sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev

You can use GCC 5 on Xenial, but you might need 4.7 for anything older.

I then had to create a symbolic link to the build tool

   sudo ln -s /usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi-gcc-5 /usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi-gcc

Clone all the things!

   mkdir /mnt/raspberrypi
   cd /mnt/raspberrypi
   git clone
   git clone

So, I wanted to create a 4.5 Kernel, so I had to clone this specific branch:

   git clone -b rpi-4.5.y

After that, I started the compilation:

   cd linux
   make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf- bcm2709_defconfig

I'm told the following command is optional, but I think you need to select certain options to build specific modules and feautres:

   make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi- menuconfig

Compile! The -j8 is the number of threads your CPU has. I have an Intel Core i7-6700T, so I have a 4c/8t CPU.

   make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi- zImage modules dtbs -j8

Move the modules to your MicroSD card of the Pi

   make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-linux-gnueabi- INSTALL_MOD_PATH=/media/steve/PI_ROOT modules_install
   scripts/mkknlimg arch/arm/boot/zImage /media/steve/PI_BOOT/$KERNEL.img
   cp arch/arm/boot/dts/*.dtb /media/steve/PI_BOOT/
   cp arch/arm/boot/dts/overlays/*.dtb* /media/steve/PI_BOOT/overlays/
   cp arch/arm/boot/dts/overlays/README /media/steve/PI_BOOT/overlays/

All done! Boot your Pi with the new Kernel.

pi2_kernel_building.txt · Last modified: 2017/03/22 23:19 (external edit)