[Box Backup] embedded

Mr R G Shepherd boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Fri Jun 3 10:17:51 BST 2005


dm wrote:
> Ben Summers wrote:
> 
>>
>> On 2 Jun 2005, at 06:42, dm wrote:
>>
>>> Maybe I'm masochistic or something, but before I go treading into  
>>> unknown territory, I was just wondering if anyone has looked at  
>>> getting a server up and running on any sort of embedded device.   
>>> Specifically I'm looking at the linksys nslu2 nas with the custom  
>>> unslung firmware(http://www.nslu2-linux.org).  They have a pretty  
>>> decent howto document on implementing packages into unslung, but I  
>>> know very little of these programming languages(I'm more of a perl/ 
>>> shell monkey).
>>
>>
>> As a first go, have you tried compiling it natively?
>>
>>    http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/HowTo/NativelyCompileUnslungPackages
>>
>> You're right, it is an interesting prospect to produce a tiny backup  
>> appliance. The server doesn't actually need much in the way of CPU,  
>> as the client does the really hard work. Your graphs don't indicate a  
>> huge amount of work, a reasonable embedded processor will be fine.
>>
>> Ben
> 
> 
> Finally got some time to mess with this thing...  Since this isn't the 
> standard configure script most packages use, I'm skipping the packaging 
> section for now and going straight to compiling.
> Natively compiling, so far I've tried configure with no options, and 
> I've tried specifying the lib and include folders explicitly.  If all 
> else fails, I might get to learn a bit about cross compiling.(I've 
> read/heard that it can be quite painful the first time)  =)


Th O'reilly book 'Building embedded linux systems', Yaghmour is very good and 
may help you out with the cross compiling trickery for your embedded platform.

Rob




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