Replace Kernel in Elinos

Has somebody sucessfully replaced the kernel version in Elinos? I have Elinos 2.0 which comes with kernel 2.4.3. I would like to replace the kernel by a newer 2.4.xx version. No matter, if I can't work with the link tree Elinos provides.


Reply to
Thomas Olschewski
Loading thread data ...

First try: rename linux directory of the project and create a link "linux" to new sources. Now Elk cannot load the project, it states:

Cannot load kernel specification in /arch/i386/ Kernel: ElkKConfParser: Parser Error.



Reply to
Thomas Olschewski

Hi Thomas, a had the same problem; unfortunately the sysgo-"support" ends at this point if you bought only the BasicToolbox :-( Original words from a sysgo employee: "Warum nicht den ELK weglassen und in der Shell arbeiten?" ("Why don't you skip the ELK and work with the shell?"). They offer to use an other/newer kernel, but don't describe how to do that.

However, I'm using the command line tools in that way:

-copy the new kernel sources (i.e. into /opt/elinos/linux-2.4.22 for the

2.4.22 kernel)

-go into you elinos project directory

-type (like the doc describes): /opt/elinos/bin/elinos-linkkernel --kernelsrc=/opt/elinos/linux-2.4.22/

-go into the linux-dir in your project dir

-edit the makefile (look for the lines and edit/remove remarks): export INSTALL_PATH=$(ELINOS_PROJECT)/boot INSTALL_MOD_PATH=$(ELINOS_PROJECT)/kernel.rootfs

-go to arch/i386/boot/ and edit it: # skip the LILO stuff if installing in Elinos cross environment if [ -z "$ELINOS_BIN_PREFIX" ] ; then if [ -x /sbin/lilo ]; then /sbin/lilo; else /etc/lilo/install; fi fi

-than build your kernel and call make boot to build your linux.

I hope this helps, Juergen

Reply to
Jürgen Querengässer

The usual reason for this is that there there is a syntax error in a config file.

Elk is more picky about such errors than xconfig/menuconfig. As a quick work-around, you could try using the commandline tools instead of Elk (also see below).

And before everybody picks on this: Yes, I agree that Elk should be a little more verbose here (such as point to the location of the syntax error).

There is *no* support included in the BasicToolbox. That is the reason for its low price, and I'm sure this is clear to any customer before he makes the decision to buy it.

I don't know who said or wrote that, and in what context. I can only guess the situation was probably the same as the one described by Thomas above: the prime reason for his problem is that the kernel tree he uses has a config file with a syntax error. Elk fails to parse it because it is more picky about ConfigLang syntax than the commandline tools are(*). So a suitable work-around indeed is to use the commandline tools.

As always with work-arounds, this is not nice and clean, but at least it lets the user continue his work (that's why they are called work-arounds, not fixes. The clean solution would be to fix the syntax error).

Nevertheless, this was a helpful hint after all, wasn't it? Plus, apparently, it was given to you for free, even though, as a BasicToolbox customer, you were not entitled to get support.

(*) Wether or not this is Elk's fault is at least debatable: Given a program with syntax errors, would you prefer:

(1) a compiler that refuses to compile, indicating an error? (2) a compiler that silently ignores the fault, possibly doing whatever it believes is the Right Thing(tm)?

I personally prefer (1)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Here you say it's not described, but a few lines further ...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ .. it seems there *is* some description after all (section 4.6.1 in the v2.0 Manual).

Plus, there is even a tool (elinos-linkkernel) provided specifically for the purpose, however ...

... oops, hmm, well, I guess I'll have to admit that the manual does not tell you this :-(. (It does remind you that the Elinos kernel tree contains patches and the changes you describe here are part of those patches, but one would expect that this caveat be mentioned explicitly).

I'll forward this to the people in charge so they can change the manual accordingly for the next release. Thanks for pointing it out!


---------------------------------------------------------------- Robert Kaiser email: SYSGO AG Am Pfaffenstein 14 phone: (49) 6136 9948-762 D-55270 Klein-Winternheim / Germany fax: (49) 6136 9948-10

Reply to
Robert Kaiser

Hi Robert,

will you be in Cologne at JAN/14 for the ELinOS 3.0/ Kernel 2.6 session ?


Reply to
Michael Schnell

ElectronDepot website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.