Juergen Hennerich wrote:
But after persuasion and argument has failed, what is left is what
the client wants.
I did that a few times, but most of the work went always into the kernel and uClinux-dist build system. Also (maybe this has changed) there are a few places in the kernel (and the build system, but this could be fixed now) that relay on case sensitive file systems (netfilter?).
Also compiling on cygwin is much slower than on coLinux. Additionally you can't use two cygwin installations at the same time and when you want to install new software (with setup.exe), you may end with an installation that is incompatible with your embedded toolchain.
Unfortunately this client is brilliant - and understands nothing is
impossible, stuborn - they want Linux on their embedded systems, but
they want to work from windows, and a close friend so
blowing him off is not an option. But atleast I get to tell him he
is an idiot, before trying to give him what he wants.
I personally dislike cygwin - with respect to the people who put
enormous effort into it. It is a horrible bag on the side of windows
attempting to fix the unfixable.
colinux is a much more elegant solution to the same problem - as
well as many others.
I started playing with colinux about 2 years ago. I never got
TUN/TAP working. I have not used slirp, but I have had good luck with
bridging - but I do nto have the time to fix the install system to get
all the bridge parameters
This is not exactly correct. smbfs can be run without a working network
(at least in the physical sense). Just setup the coLinux side for samba,
install the virtual network interface on the windows side, and then map
the coLinux from Windows. You could also enable filesharing on the
windows side and access your coLinux build which resides on the NTFS by
mounting the windows shared folder in the coLinux build directory.
Exporting the build tree via SMBFS to Windows over tun/tap works quite good. This way the case problems could also be fixed.
right automatically. We decided to drop networking colinux - it is
really nice to have, but not critical to operations.
Also I do not think CIFS/SMB resolves the filename case problems. I
am fairly certain that in non-colinux environments I have had really
evil things happen accross Samba connections based on the difference
the client and host OS's case rules. I think this even effects cofs
with colinux. I think a cofs mount uses windows filename case rules
even though it is on the Linux side.
We (my client and I looked thoroughly at the filename case issues -
and they are solvable. It is possible to force casesensitive operations
under Win32 - I am not sure why cofs and cygwin don't but it can be
AFAIK these tools have all the same problem, as they don't/can't support case sensitive file access under Windows. They have therefore the same problems as cygwin.
We were preparing to try to patch cygwin when we hit a few other
Most w32 api's are limited to approximately 240 character
path's. There may be work arrounds - but they are going to be ugly.
legal linux filename characters are superset of legal
windows filename chacters.
My problem is my client is trying to get the colinux install (root
file system particularly) as small as possible.
You can download an (rather old) example installer for such a setup (exports the directory containing the uClinux-dist with SAMBA) from http://blackfin.uclinux.org/projects/bfin-colinux.
Also since the coLinux system can connection with a Windows X-Server can function like a normal Linux box, it could support quite a number of additional applications which could be very interesting for a developer in the embedded area.
I am down to 225Mb with a minimal compressed Debian system with
a complete patched linux source and build environment and crosstools.
I tried building a smaller image starting with Arch - but by the
time I had everything I needed to compile Linux I was at probably 80%
of the size of a minimal Debian image anyway, and I have probably a
decade of Debian experience.
I am not trying to create my own - or even the clients development
environment. I have a fairly sophisticated coLinux install, multiple
network connections, ssh, X, ....
I am trying to create something my client can put on their web site
for their clients to download. My client -
http://www.picocomputing.com. sells very small and expensive embedded
systems. They happen to run GreenHills and Linux, but primarily they
are used for immage procession, or cryptography, or other things were
their clients develop special hardware APU's in the FPGA. Anyway their
clients are mostly firmware engineers doing everything under windows.
Now I would personally like to see cofs evolve to the point of
reducing my personal need for a large disk image, and since there is
some significant synergy between some aspects of colinux and the
embedded systems I am working on I might get time to do some work on
cofs - basically I want to piggyback on colinux for the Pico Hosted
development environment. I want to tunnel the cofs, conet, ..
colinux<->windows link between the windows X86 host and my ppc405
Dave Lynch DLA Systems
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