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authorAhmad Fatoum <>2021-09-17 19:41:27 +0200
committerSascha Hauer <>2021-10-02 11:12:48 +0200
commit1c1198a3f252a9af91a128263c9ee25682cf7160 (patch)
tree52e0060b1f7299081f81a179c5f442f974d4d119 /Documentation
parentd297e90323f3f129feea237cd48a3fe9a290850b (diff)
scripts: allow building USB loader tools for target as well
We currently build the USB loader tools only for the host (build) system, but it can be useful to cross compile them as well for the target. We already have some target tools, but support for those is easier, because they don't link against libraries. We use pkg-config to get cc and ld flags, but we always assume that pkg-config is for the host system and there is no well-defined way to request pkg-config for the target system. Support this by introducing a new CROSS_PKG_CONFIG. This will be consulted only for target tools and default to $(CROSS_COMPILE)pkgconfig. Users can override it as necessary, for example, with Yocto, pkg-config will be for the cross environment, so target tools can now be built with: export ARCH=sandbox CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- export CROSS_PKG_CONFIG=pkg-config scripts make targettools_defconfig make scripts Signed-off-by: Ahmad Fatoum <> Link: Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/user/barebox.rst b/Documentation/user/barebox.rst
index 503f0b9797..b6b7a57af3 100644
--- a/Documentation/user/barebox.rst
+++ b/Documentation/user/barebox.rst
@@ -262,3 +262,48 @@ the usage for a particular command. barebox has tab completion which will comple
your command. Arguments to commands are also completed depending on the command. If
a command expects a file argument only files will be offered as completion. Other
commands will only complete devices or devicetree nodes.
+Building barebox tools
+The normal barebox build results in one or more barebox images (cf. :ref:`multi_image`)
+and a number of tools built from its ``scripts/`` directory.
+Most tools are used for the barebox build itself: e.g. the device tree compiler,
+the Kconfig machinery and the different image formatting tools that wrap barebox,
+so it may be loaded by the boot ROM of the relevant SoCs.
+In addition to these barebox also builds host and target tools that are useful
+outside of barebox build: e.g. to manipulate the environment or to load an
+image over a boot ROM's USB recovery protocol.
+There are two ``ARCH=sandbox`` to make this more straight forward:
+Host Tools
+The ``hosttools_defconfig`` will compile standalone host tools for the
+host (build) system. To build the USB loaders, ``pkg-config`` needs to know
+about ``libusb-1.0``.
+.. code-block:: console
+ export ARCH=sandbox
+ make hosttools_defconfig
+ make scripts
+Target Tools
+The ``targettools_defconfig`` will cross-compile standalone target tools for the
+target system. To build the USB loaders, ``CROSS_PKG_CONFIG`` needs to know
+about ``libusb-1.0``. This config won't built any host tools, so it's ok to
+set ``CROSS_PKG_CONFIG=pkg-config`` if ``pkg-config`` is primed for target
+use. The default is ``CROSS_PKG_CONFIG=$(CROSS_COMPILE)pkg-config``. Example:
+.. code-block:: console
+ export ARCH=sandbox CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu-
+ export CROSS_PKG_CONFIG=pkg-config
+ make targettools_defconfig
+ make scripts