source: trunk/mindi-busybox/INSTALL @ 956

Last change on this file since 956 was 821, checked in by bruno, 13 years ago

Addition of busybox 1.2.1 as a mindi-busybox new package
This should avoid delivering binary files in mindi not built there (Fedora and Debian are quite serious about that)

File size: 5.0 KB
4The BusyBox build process is similar to the Linux kernel build:
6  make menuconfig     # This creates a file called ".config"
7  make                # This creates the "busybox" executable
8  make install        # or make PREFIX=/path/from/root install
10The full list of configuration and install options is available by typing:
12  make help
14Quick Start:
17The easy way to try out BusyBox for the first time, without having to install
18it, is to enable all features and then use "standalone shell" mode with a
19blank command $PATH.
21To enable all features, use "make defconfig", which produces the largest
22general-purpose configuration.  (It's allyesconfig minus debugging options,
23optional packaging choices, and a few special-purpose features requiring
24extra configuration to use.)
26  make defconfig
27  make
28  PATH= ./busybox ash
30Standalone shell mode causes busybox's built-in command shell to run
31any built-in busybox applets directly, without looking for external
32programs by that name.  Supplying an empty command path (as above) means
33the only commands busybox can find are the built-in ones.
35(Note that the standalone shell currently requires /proc/self/exe to
36launch new applets.)
38Configuring Busybox:
41Busybox is optimized for size, but enabling the full set of functionality
42still results in a fairly large executable -- more than 1 megabyte when
43statically linked.  To save space, busybox can be configured with only the
44set of applets needed for each environment.  The minimal configuration, with
45all applets disabled, produces a 4k executable.  (It's useless, but very small.)
47The manual configurator "make menuconfig" modifies the existing configuration.
48(For systems without ncurses, try "make config" instead.) The two most
49interesting starting configurations are "make allnoconfig" (to start with
50everything disabled and add just what you need), and "make defconfig" (to
51start with everything enabled and remove what you don't need).  If menuconfig
52is run without an existing configuration, make defconfig will run first to
53create a known starting point.
55Other starting configurations (mostly used for testing purposes) include
56"make allbareconfig" (enables all applets but disables all optional features),
57"make allyesconfig" (enables absolutely everything including debug features),
58and "make randconfig" (produce a random configuration).
60Configuring BusyBox produces a file ".config", which can be saved for future
61use.  Run "make oldconfig" to bring a .config file from an older version of
62busybox up to date.
64Installing Busybox:
67Busybox is a single executable that can behave like many different commands,
68and BusyBox uses the name it was invoked under to determine the desired
69behavior.  (Try "mv busybox ls" and then "./ls -l".)
71Installing busybox consists of creating symlinks (or hardlinks) to the busybox
72binary for each applet enabled in busybox, and making sure these symlinks are
73in the shell's command $PATH.  Running "make install" creates these symlinks,
74or "make install-hardlinks" creates hardlinks instead (useful on systems with
75a limited number of inodes).  This install process uses the file
76"busybox.links" (created by make), which contains the list of enabled applets
77and the path at which to install them.
79Installing links to busybox is not always necessary.  The special applet name
80"busybox" (or with any optional suffix, such as "busybox-static") uses the
81first argument to determine which applet to behave as, for example
82"./busybox cat LICENSE".  (Running the busybox applet with no arguments gives
83a list of all enabled applets.) The standalone shell can also call busybox
84applets without links to busybox under other names in the filesystem.  You can
85also configure a standaone install capability into the busybox base applet,
86and then install such links at runtime with one of "busybox --install" (for
87hardlinks) or "busybox --install -s" (for symlinks).
89If you enabled the busybox shared library feature ( and want
90to run tests without installing, set your LD_LIBRARY_PATH accordingly when
91running the executable:
93  LD_LIBRARY_PATH=`pwd` ./busybox
95Building out-of-tree:
98By default, the BusyBox build puts its temporary files in the source tree.
99Building from a read-only source tree, or building multiple configurations from
100the same source directory, requires the ability to put the temporary files
101somewhere else.
103To build out of tree, cd to an empty directory and configure busybox from there:
105  make -f /path/to/source/Makefile defconfig
106  make
107  make install
109Alternately, use the O=$BUILDPATH option (with an absolute path) during the
110configuration step, as in:
112  make O=/some/empty/directory allyesconfig
113  cd /some/empty/directory
114  make
115  make PREFIX=. install
117More Information:
120Se also the busybox FAQ, under the questions "How can I get started using
121BusyBox" and "How do I build a BusyBox-based system?"  The BusyBox FAQ is
122available from or as the file
123docs/ in this tarball.
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