CHAPTER 21

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Cross-Compiling the Kernel

While normally not possible on embedded platforms, it is possible to build kernels on your Raspberry Pi with its luxurious root file system. Despite this, cross-compiling on desktop systems is preferred for faster compile times. This chapter examines the procedure for building your Raspbian kernel.

It is assumed that you have the cross-compiler tools and environment ready. Either the tool set built in Chapter 20 or an installed prebuilt tool chain will do. In this chapter, I assume that the cross-compiler prefix is as follows (ending in a hyphen):

/opt/xtools/arm–unknownlinux–gnueabi/bin/armunknownlinux ...

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