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Yocto Project Hands-On with Toradex

Mohammed Billoo - Toradex - Watch Now - Duration: 01:42:42

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It may be difficult for novice to intermediate Linux users and developers to get a fundamental understanding of the "Yocto Project", as it doesn't necessarily follow the same paradigms as traditional software development. Additionally, System on Module (SoM) vendors, such as Toradex, may apply their own customizations to the Yocto Project as part of their Board Support Package (BSP) that may require some additional understanding. 

In this webinar, we will take a hands-on look at the Yocto Project and how to get a BSP up and running.

Attendees will learn:

- The paradigm of the Yocto project

- The mindset that an engineer should have when working with a BSP based on Yocto

- The organization and structure of the BSP provided by Toradex. 

- Best practices engineers should follow when customizing a vendor-provided BSP to fit their custom hardware

This webinar will focus heavily on demos and examples targeting a Toradex Verdin iMX8M Mini on a Dahlia carrier board.

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BarryR7
Score: 0 | 4 weeks ago | 1 reply

At about 1:08:10 into the video, you run menuconfig to enable an option in the kernel. However, it's already set like you need. Later on, you walk through the way to create a patch that includes the changes to the DTS. I cannot seem to find an equivalent way to capture the updates to the .config file resulting from menuconfig. Can you provide steps to capture those updates in a recipe as if a change had needed to be applied? I am needing to do something similar for my current project and need a change captured in a recipe.

By the way, this was a very useful session. Great webinar.

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 4 weeks ago | no reply

Hi,
Great that you found the webinar useful. Here's the recommended way to capture a modified kernel config in a recipe: https://www.yoctoproject.org/docs/2.5/kernel-dev/kernel-dev.html#changing-the-configuration.

Stephane.Boucher
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

The recording of the Q&A session has been uploaded and can be accessed at the following location:
https://www.embeddedonlineconference.com/session/Live_QA_with_Mohammed_Billoo_Yocto_Project_Hands-On_with_Toradex

MehmetFide
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Instead of repo tool, could they use git with sub-modules ? I think that it would be better to use existing tools instead of introducing a new tool. What do you think?

DanR
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Because submodules are "native" to the git repo, the don't provide the level of flexibility that multiple repo manifest files can provide. Notice that he places the manifest in a seperate git repo (personal best practice, he noted), making it independent of the git repositories referenced within the repo manifest.
This allows the repo to be modified without disturbing the manifest, and the manifest can be modified independent of the source repo. Max flexibility.

DanR
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

You could do something similar with a "meta" project containing just submodules -- I've done that in the past. They're not as easy to maintain as a manifest.

MehmetFide
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Thanks for the answer Dan!

DanR
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

It's "an answer", not "the answer", but you're welcome!

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Great answer DanR. Another challenge that I've found with git submodules is that I have to have a repo within a repo, where the top level repo references a particular commit of the submodule. When a teammate wishes to make a change to the submodule, they have to push up the change to the submodule AND the top level repo (since the commit of the submodule that is referenced by the top level repo has to be updated). With repo, if it's set up to track a branch of a repo, then the teammate just needs to push up the change to the repo they're working on.
With git submodules, I always forget to update the commit pointed to by the top level repo.

Javi
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

In this case it was very easy to add i2c-tool package because it is included in open-embedded and that assures you that it will be compatible and it will work, but what if the package we want to install is not available there? then I guess that you would have to create a dedicated recipe for it with all the instructions for fetching, patching, configuring, building and installing it, right?

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
Yes, if no recipe exists, you would need to create your own.

NGP
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Hello, can these procedures be applied when using beagle bone board as the target board?

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
The general processes should be the same, but there may be specific steps that are different, especially flashing.

GlennB
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

I know there was a lot of desktop demo action, but will any of the presentation content be available later?

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
Slides should be available as pdf.

MarMot
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

you did mention during the repo sync step it is possible to create a "local" cache of the downloads folder for use inside an organization. So there is no need to download the sources again. What is best practice for such a local cache? A git repo or a file share or a NuGet feed??

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
Actually neither. This is a great answer on Stack Overflow showing how to set up a mirror of your cached downloads directory:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/55625512/how-to-setup-a-machine-as-a-mirror-server-for-yocto-when-fetching-packages

NGP
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

About how long does it take to build a minimal Linux with Toradex bsp?

And what's the final build size?

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
Build time is heavily dependent on machine resourcing. With a 24-core Ryzen 3950 and 32 GB of RAM, a complete build from scratch took about an hour. The size of the final WIC tarball was 57 MB.

BJS
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Have you ever ported Yocto to run on a ARM that is integrated into an Xilinx FPGA?

mabSpeaker
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Hi,
Yocto is already supported in Xilinx FPGAs. Check out this web page: https://xilinx-wiki.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/A/pages/18841883/Yocto

DanR
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Thanks! Turned out to be a bit of a refresher, but that was useful for me.

JGrail
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | 1 reply

Can I still joini in this late?

Stephane.Boucher
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

Yes you can

Stephane.Boucher
Score: 0 | 2 months ago | no reply

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