[Aboriginal] missing applets in current 1.20 system images

Rob Landley rob at landley.net
Thu Nov 15 18:42:16 PST 2012

On 11/12/2012 10:23:51 PM, David Seikel wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:27:08 -0500 Rob Landley <rob at landley.net>  
> wrote:
> > On 10/09/2012 07:04:07 PM, John Spencer wrote:
> > > (mipsel:3) /home # free -m
> > > /bin/ash: free: not found
> > > (mipsel:3) /home # /bin/busybox mkswap
> > > mkswap: applet not found
> > > (mipsel:3) /home # swapon
> > > /bin/ash: swapon: not found
> >
> > Yup. There's a reason for that.
> >
> > I'm migrating the code from busybox to toybox. (Also from uClibc to
> > musl, but I don't have to write that one.)
> >
> > In preparation for this, I stripped down busybox from "defconfig" to
> > sources/baseconfig-busybox with just the list of commands the build
> > actually uses (as determiend by more/record-commands.sh). This
> > includes the set of commands used to boot the target system, and to
> > build Linux From Scratch under the result. I'm then gradually
> > replacing those busybox commands with toybox versions.
> >
> > Since then, I've been adding back commands like "top" that the build
> > doesn't use, but which I really miss if they're not there. You've
> > just spotted three more (which are already in the repository version
> > of toybox, but not in the older release version aboriginal's using).
> >
> > If you want the old "kitchen sink" configuration of busybox, it's:
> >
> >   BUSYBOX=1 ./build.sh i686
> >
> > That'll use a defconfig version of busybox instead of the stripped
> > down version plus toybox.
> SYSIMAGE_TYPE=ext2 tries to use the du command, which is missing from
> this stripped down busybox.  Kitchen sink busybox supplies du though,
> so I'm using that for now.  I've not tried the variation that uses
> toybox yet, but I plan to eventually.

There's a du in toybox in the version that just went up. It's a third  
party contribution I haven't done a cleanup pass on yet, but it seems  
to basically work.

> Is it my imagination, or does the latest release of Aboriginal Linux
> not supply mksquashfs when an earlier version did?

The host-tools.sh script builds mksquashfs. It isn't in the target  
filesystem, but if you rebuild aboriginal under itself it should build  
it again in the new host tools.

>  I upgraded to Ubuntu
> 12.04, so now I'm upgrading to the latest Aboriginal Linux, which
> depends on a later qemu that Ubuntu 10.04 did not have.  Now I had to
> install mksquashfs to get Aboriginal Linux to compile, I don't recall
> having to do that on Ubuntu 10.04.

You shouldn't have to do so to make it compile. (It's not in my host  

You'll have to install it on the host if you skip the host-tools.sh  
step, but you'll have to do a dozen other things in that case to get it  
to work. (Which you may have already done, dunno...)


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