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How-To install Armadeus Software Development Kit for Window$

The toolchain can also be built on a windows system. To do this, VMWare(a virtualization tool) has to be installed first.

Prerequisites for Window$ installation

Be sure to have at least 3Go on, your hard disk before starting the installation

Remark: you need to be registered to download the evaluation...

  • Download an Ubuntu ISO distribution (eg: Feisty) and burn a CD
  • Start VMWare and create a new virtual machine (File->New)
  • Configure the virtual machine (memory space, RAM...)
  • Place the Ubuntu ISO CD in the drive
  • Start the virtual machine
  • Once the Ubuntu desktop appears, click install
  • At the end of the installation, quit Ubuntu (shutdown)
  • Now you have a complete Linux OS.

Linux can be started by double clicking on the .vmx file.

As the VMWare workstation is only valid a few weeks, you will need to install the VMWare player which is free (

Depending on the linux distribution you have installed, several packages have to be installed before compiling the Armadeus package.

Take a look at the LinuxInstall for the rest of the procedure.

Cygwin user ONLY

Choose the default installation (nothing to modify) and add the following packages by clicking one time on the "skip" icon:

  • devel -> automake
  • devel -> binutils
  • devel -> bison
  • devel -> flex
  • devel -> gcc-core
  • devel -> gcc-g++
  • devel -> gdb
  • devel -> gettext-devel
  • devel -> libncurses-devel
  • devel -> make
  • devel -> patchutils
  • devel -> subversion
  • python -> python an interactive interpreter
  • system -> util-linux
  • web -> wget


Open a cygwin shell and follow this procedure:

Get Armadeus software

  • If you are a user:

then download the installation archive from [gitlab] and detar it wherever you want.

$ tar xjvf armadeusArchiveName.tar.bz2
  • If you are a registered developper:

In cygwin, check out the required files from the SVN repository:

$ git clone git:// armadeus armadeus

A directory named armadeus/ will be created on your hard-disk and will contain all the files you need.


  • The armadeus directory has to be placed within the cygwin directory
  • Do not use spaces in the directory name !
  • Write access are limited to the integrators
  • If it is your first toolchain installation , the following script has to be executed in order to patch some cygwin files and add the required fake user for the rootfs generation
$ ./armadeus/host/patches/cygwin/run

Configure Armadeus software

$ cd armadeus/
$ make menuconfig  (or just make the first time).

This will launch the buildroot configuration. in Board Support Option menu, select your armadeus board (apf/apm9328), the RAM size (16/32MB) and so on...

  • If you need the LIBSTD C++, add this in the menuconfig/toolchain options/additional gcc options:

--disable-libstdcxx-pch. This will disable the use of the precompiler headers

  • Exit the configuration tool and save your config

Launch build

$ make

The toolchain is built automatically. During this procedure, several files are downloaded from the web. Please wait for a while.... it takes at least one hour for the first run!

Known Problems

  • none for the moment :)

Enjoy the result

The generated binary files can be found in the subdirectory armadeus/software/buildroot:

  • u-boot.brec (can be used with the bootstrap, if U-Boot is not installed or not working, see BootLoader page)
  • u-boot.bin (for download with uboot, see BootLoader "Update u-boot" page)
  • linux-kernel-2.6.xx-arm.bin (for download with uboot, see InstallLinux)
  • rootfs.arm.jffs2 (for download with uboot, see InstallFileSystem?)
  • rootfs.arm.tar (for an nfsroot, see RootNFS?)

To keep your copy up-to-date within the armadeus tree

$ svn update

This will update your working directory to the latest release.

Note: if "svn update" fails because a directory or a file already exists, then do:

$ rm -rf <this-directory/file>
$ svn update

You can do a:

$ make defconfig

to have the latest features automatically activated and a

$ make menuconfig

to set again your personnal parameters (SDRAM size...).

You have to do a make to rebuild binary files end then upload the binary files to your target.

Note: if definitively everything goes wrong while it worked before the last update. You can apply the following procedure:

$ make dirclean
$ rm -rf software/buildroot
$ rm Makefile
$ svn update
$ make
$ make