Thanks but I'm not interested in fooling around the ipkg and individual packages and I am not trying to just add "new" packages.  I am modifying an existing packages from the "gumstix collection".
  Steve Sakoman (the gumstix OE guru) recommends the method where you copy "com" packages to the "user" collection and make your mods there.  He also says that bitbake gives preference to the recipes in the "user" collection.
  I just haven't found a way, yet, to do a rebuild that picks up my changes (other than removing "tmp" and building from scratch).

From: Andrew Page []
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:46 PM
To: General mailing list for gumstix users.
Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] Another OE how-to question

Have you tried building and installing a gumstix-basic-image and then using  'ipkg' to install any additional packages you want/need?   It downloads prebuilt components from in a similar fashion to a rpm(red hat) or dpkg(debian) repository.

I think you need to make your own 'image' type once you have those packages added.  I think that can be done by either copying or extending one of the existing files.  Will be working on the 'nuts and bolts' of that myself, but am slogging through various 'cmake' issues for something else at the moment. 

----- Original Message ----
From: "EXT-McGhehey, Mark J" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 3:34:40 PM
Subject: [Gumstix-users] Another OE how-to question

Ok, I successfully completed an unmodifed Gumstix OE build (307). But
now I want to make some mod's to several packages and then build a whole
filesytem/image with my changes in it.

I have created myself a "user.collection" dir., I have copied various
packages from the "org...." and "com...." dir's into it, and I have made
my desired mods to the those packages.

So can someone please tell me how to do a new build that will
incorporate my changes into a new filesystem/image?  So far the only way
I have found to do this successfully was to blow away "tmp" and build
from scratch and that sucks.


  Mark J. McGhehey
  The Boeing Co.
  Validation Instrumentation Technology
  Seattle, WA  USA
  (206)544-8302 voice

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