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osboot’s build system is named osbmk, short for osboot Make, and this document describes how to use it. With this guide, you can know how to compile osboot from the available source code. This version, if hosted live on osboot.org, assumes that you are using the osbmk git repository, which you can download using the instructions on the code review page.

If you’re using a release archive of osboot, please refer to the documentation included with that release. osboot releases are only intended as snapshots, not for development. For proper development, you should always be working directly in the osboot git repository.

The following document describes how osbmk works, and how you can make changes to it: osboot maintenance manual

GNU Make

osboot Make includes a file called Makefile. You can still use the osbmk build system directly, or you can use GNU Make. The Makefile simply runs osbmk commands. However, using osbmk directly will offer you much more flexibility; for example, the Makefile currently cannot build single ROM images (it just builds all of them, for all boards).

You must ensure that all build dependencies are installed. If you’re running Ubuntu or similar distribution (Debian, Trisquel, etc) you can do this:

sudo make install-dependencies-ubuntu

One exists specifically for Debian:

sudo make install-dependencies-debian

Another exists for Arch:

sudo make install-dependencies-arch

Now, simply build the coreboot images like so:

make

This single command will build ROM images for every board integrated in osboot. If you only wish to build a limited set, you can use osbmk directly:

./build boot roms x200_8mb

You can specify more than one argument:

./build boot roms x200_8mb x60

ROM images appear under the newly created bin/ directory in the build system.

For other commands, simply read the Makefile in your favourite text editor. The Makefile is simple, because it merely runs osbmk commands, so it’s very easy to know what commands are available by simply reading it.

Standard clean command available (cleans all modules except crossgcc):

make clean

To clean your crossgcc builds:

make crossgcc-clean

To build release archives:

make release

Build without using GNU Make

The Makefile is included just for compatibility, so that someone who instictively types make will get a result.

Actual development/testing is always done using osbmk directly, and this includes when building from source. Here are some instructions to get you started:

First, install build dependencies

osboot includes a script that automatically installs apt-get dependencies in Ubuntu 20.04. It works well in other apt-get distros (such as Trisquel and Debian):

sudo ./build dependencies ubuntu2004

Separate scripts also exist:

sudo ./build dependencies debian

sudo ./build dependencies arch

sudo ./build dependencies void

Technically, any GNU+Linux distribution can be used to build osboot. However, you will have to write your own script for installing build dependencies.

osboot Make (osbmk) automatically runs all necessary commands; for example ./build payload grub will automatically run ./build module grub if the required utilities for GRUB are not built, to produce payloads.

As a result, you can now (after installing the correct build dependencies) run just a single command, from a fresh Git clone, to build the ROM images:

./build boot roms

or even just build specific ROM images, e.g.:

./build boot roms x60

If you wish to build payloads, you can also do that. For example:

./build payload grub

./build payload seabios

Previous steps will be performed automatically. However, you can still run individual parts of the build system manually, if you choose. This may be beneficial when you’re making changes, and you wish to test a specific part of osbmk.

Therefore, if you only want to build ROM images, just do the above. Otherwise, please continue reading!

Optional: extract binary blobs

Some boards, including all sandy/ivybridge boards require nonfree blobs which cannot be included in osboot. For boards requiring these blobs, osboot will attempt to download the blobs itself. If your board does not have blob sources available, then you must extract them from a backup of you vendor rom. You must point osboot to the backup rom and tell the build system which board you want to extract blobs for. For example, to extract blobs for the t440p you must run:

./build descriptors intel_blobs t440p_12mb /path/to/12mb_backup.rom

You can then build the rom for this board as normal:

./build boot roms t440p_12mb

Second, download all of the required software components

If you didn’t simply run ./build boot roms (with or without extra arguments), you can still perform the rest of the build process manually. Read on! You can read about all available scripts in osbmk by reading the osboot maintenance manual; osbmk is designed to be modular which means that each script can be used on its own (if that’s not true, for any script, it’s a bug that should be fixed).

It’s as simple as that:

./download all

The above command downloads all modules defined in the osboot build system. However, you can download modules individually.

This command shows you the list of available modules:

./download list

Example of downloading an individual module:

./download coreboot

./download seabios

./download grub

./download flashrom

Third, build all of the modules:

Building a module means that it needs to have already been downloaded. Currently, the build system does not automatically do pre-requisite steps such as this, so you must verify this yourself.

Again, very simple:

./build module all

This builds every module defined in the osboot build system, but you can build modules individually.

The following command lists available modules:

./build module list

Example of building specific modules:

./build module grub

./build module seabios

./build module flashrom

Commands are available to clean a module, which basically runs make-clean. You can list these commands:

./build clean list

Clean all modules like so:

./build clean all

Example of cleaning specific modules:

./build clean grub

./build clean cbutils

Fourth, build all of the payloads:

Very straight forward:

./build payload all

You can list available payloads like so:

./build payload list

Example of building specific payloads:

./build payload grub

./build payload seabios

The build-payload command is is a prerequsite for building ROM images.

Fifth, build the ROMs!

Run this command:

./build boot roms

Each board has its own configuration in osbmk under resources/coreboot/ which specifies which payloads are supported.

By default, all ROM images are built, for all boards. If you wish to build just a specific board, you can specify the board name based on the directory name for it under resources/coreboot/. For example:

./build boot roms x60

Board names, like above, are the same as the directory names for each board, under resources/coreboot/ in the build system.

That’s it!

If all went well, ROM images should be available to you under bin/

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