- Paperback: 60 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (September 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783289457
- ISBN-13: 978-1783289455
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 168 g
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Daniel Manchon Vizuete is a Spanish industrial technical engineer. He graduated from UPC university in Barcelona. He specializes in embedded systems programming and designeffi cient Linux devices. He has been working for a decade at Sony Europe designing TV software and on different embedded projects, mainly in the automotive, communications, and medical fi elds. He uses Buildroot as the main tool for setting up effi cient and light systems on Linux.
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The chapter walks the reader through a recipe of configuration for Raspberry pi using Buildroot, with some supporting scripts, and configuration files. However there are several important errors; outdated bash shell scripting conventions (was it 'xxx' or `xxx` when it could have been $(xxxx)); scripts fail because expected files are missing; statements missing the bash 'value of' symbol ($). Some are more obvious that others, but taken together this recipe doesn't work.
To the degree that I read the book before I gave up, it's more of a brain dump than a coherent strategy to get your project working. Even past the issues I was able to troubleshoot, there seems to be some important missing steps, or possibly I didn't recognize some obvious errors. Either way the book is not informative enough to distinguish between the two. The format of the instructions are rambling, it's like a child's reading exercise to find all the relevant parts in a story with no organization.
I spent lots of hours diligently trying to get a bootable image, but although it starts to boot, it always panics. I tried everything I could find on the Internet to augment the book for the issues I could identify, plus some experimentation and guesswork. I'm certain there are others with more experience in just this area but the point of the book is to get me from here to there. I won't succeed with this book until I get all the information I need elsewhere and then why do I need the book.
For some context on my background, I have only Linux workstations at home (no Windows), and develop Linux software at work. There are definitely holes in my Linux configuration and boot skills set which is why I started reading the book, but I'm fluent in many things Linux. In fact it's my experience that allowed me to troubleshoot some of the issues I found, but I was unable to fill in all the gaps, some of which are very subtle.
I've given up on this book, and I've started down the path of finding online Buildroot tutorials.