Several months ago I mentioned that Red Hat had a cross build
environment which generates embedded root filesystems using Fedora
source rpms. Today we are making it available. It is rough around the
edges, but functional. If people express an interest in it we will see
about putting it on Fedora hosted and have future development take place
there. All the bits are on the GES FTP server:
The cross build environment is called 'rpmbuildroot'. This is the
package you are looking for. Jump into the docs directory for
information on how to get started (skip the top level README).
For the last while the focus has been on the Nokia N770, so you will
find that is what the environment is configured for. There are also
some mips and am33 patches in there (rpmbuildroot is target arch
independent), but they are unlikely to be valid for any modern Fedora
The FTP server also hosts the cross compiler toolchain that rpmbuildroot
is known to work with. The binary rpm was built on RHEL5, but should
work on any modern Fedora release.
Current rpmbuildroot caveats:
1. x86_64 support is not included. It only runs on i686 hosts. This
may or may not resolve with setarch. Certainly it won't take much work
to get running on x86_64.
2. The package list is currently against Fedora 7. Moving to 8 or
rawhide is relatively straightforward, but takes a little time for each
3. The latest version of mock does not work with rpmbuildroot. We
include a version that does work.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I didn't do the
engineering work for this, but as a test hamster, have been able to run
'make' successfully so I might be able to answer them.
Brendan Conoboy / Red Hat, Inc. / blc(a)redhat.com