[GNU] Issues of cross-compiling in GNU build system.

* It is impossible to get full supporting from ‘configure’

Getting runtime informations – ex bytes of ‘long’ type, checking whether symbol ‘xxx’ is in the library or not. – is impossible.
-> Some releases complain this and doesn’t proceed anymore.

* Some releases still refer /lib, /usr/lib, /usr/include etc.

* Using ‘make check’ in naive way is impossible.

* Anything else???

[Android][GNU] establishing gnu system root on android devices

This article is to describe summary and some important points to establish gnu system root on android devices based on my experience.

    [] : version used.

    Now a days, performance of Android mobile device is much like PC.
    So, why don't you use Android device just like linux desktop?
    As a first step, here is summary to construct gnu system root on Android device.

Setup Sequence
    Installing cross compiling tools
        *** NOTE ****************************************************************
        *    Followings are not tested because I just used built Sourcery g++.  *
        *    [ Codesourcery 2007q3-53 ]                                         *
        * Reference : http://frank.harvard.edu/~coldwell/toolchain/
        * Build GNU binutils
            - Using '--disable-nls' option is recommended (to reduce compile time and dependency.
        * Install Linux Kernel Headers
            - Latest Sourcery g++(2010.09-50) supports only at-least-2.6.16-target-kernel.
        * Build GLIBC headers
        * Build GCC for headers:
            - Using '--disable-nls --without-headers' is recommended.
            - example : configure option of GCC in Codesourcery 2007q3-53
                /vobs/linuxjava/cs_toolchain/mycstc/cs_build_dir/src/gcc-4.2/configure --build=i686-pc-linux-gnu
                  --host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=arm-none-linux-gnueabi --enable-threads --disable-libmudflap
                  --disable-libssp --disable-libgomp --disable-libstdcxx-pch --with-gnu-as --with-gnu-ld
                  --enable-languages=c,c++ --enable-shared --enable-symvers=gnu --enable-__cxa_atexit
                  --with-pkgversion=CodeSourcery Sourcery G++ Lite 2007q3-53
                  --disable-nls --prefix=/opt/codesourcery --with-sysroot=/opt/codesourcery/arm-none-linux-gnueabi/libc
        * Build GLIBC libraries
        * Rebuild GCC using newly-built-GLIBC.

    Construct gnu system root
        * Environments
            # this directory will be new gnu system root on Android target.
            # gnu root directory on target device
            export ARCH=arm
            export CROSS_COMPILE=${TARGET}-
            # set PATH
        * Install headers and GLIBC
            - copy cross-compiled glibc, headers etc to $TROOT except for i686 executables and related files
        * Build GNU binutils [binutils-2.18]
            - ./configure --prefix=${PREFIX} --host=${TARGET} --target=${TARGET} --disable-nls
        * Build GCC [gcc-4.2.1]
            - ./configure --prefix=${PREFIX} --build=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=${TARGET} --host=${TARGET}
                --disable-nls --enable-languages=c
        * Build bash [bash-4.0]
            - ./configure --prefix=${PREFIX} -host=${TARGET} --without-bash-malloc
            - install to $PREFIX/bin. And link $PREFIX/bin/sh to $PREFIX/bin/bash
        * Build gnu make [make-3.82]
            - ./configure --prefix=${PREFIX} -host={TARGET}
        * Build busybox
            - Set cross compiler prefix to 'arm-none-linux-gnueabi-' and make.
            - install to $PREFIX/bin
              (usually commands in busybox are located at /bin)
            - create link to busybox for each command.
        * copy to target device
            - adb push $PREFIX $TGNUROOT
        * link rootfs to gnu system root.
            - ln -s $TGNUROOT/lib /lib
            - ln -s $TGNUROOT/bin /bin

Confirm & Check
    Build Emacs-23.2
        * push Emacs-23.2 source code to target.
        * ./configure --without-xpm --without-jpeg --without-tiff --without-gif --without-png --without-rsvg
             --without-xft --without-libotf --without-m17n-flt --without-toolkit-scroll-bars --without-xaw3d
             --without-xim --without-gpm
        * 'make' should be done without error.

    Running Emacs
        * copy termcap.src from "http://www.opensource.apple.com/source/emacs/emacs-39/emacs/etc/termcap.src".
          And put this /usr/etc/termcap.src.
        * And set following environment variable
        * Emacs should work without error in 'adb shell' terminal.

        * headers and GLIBC built for cross-compiling should be used as they are at target system root.
          (To use cross-compiled binaries on target device without any potential issues.)
        * Some open source packages check only /lib and /usr/lib (/usr/local/lib isn't considered).
          So, fundamental libraries would be better to be installed at /usr/lib,
         even if it's default location is /usr/local/lib

Setting up gnu system root is the first step to construct gnu software stack on the system.
And, now it’s done.
So, next step is installing packages to set up development-friendly environment on the Android device.
Below description is summary of issues that I faced against during installing gnu packages.

* Executing /usr/bin/su doesn't run ~/.bashrc
    ~/.bashrc is not executed if user shell is set up as /bin/sh, even if /bin/sh is just symbolic link of /bin/bash.
    Let's assume that /bin/sh -> /bin/bash.
    In this case, executing /bin/sh means "run bash as just 'shell' - sh".
    So, to make ~/.bashrc be run automatically, default shell of user should be set as /bin/bash not /bin/sh

* default .bashrc of normal(ex. ubuntu) desktop PC can be used as a template in Android device.

* terminal editor programs - vi, nano, emacs etc - don't work or work abnormally.
    Environment related with 'Terminal' should be set correctly.
        - Environment variables
            export TERM=xterm
            export TERMINFO=/etc/terminfo
            export TERMCAP=/etc/termcap
    Related files at /etc
            this has setting values for various terminal types - linux, vt100, xterm and so on.
            /etc/terminfo of desktop linux PC can be used as it is.
            this is required by emacs.
            termcap.src(included at termcap source release) can be used as /etc/termcap.

* mode of newly created file becomes 0666 or 0777.
    umask should be set at .bashrc .
        umask 022

* window of editor programs like vi, emacs is default screen size (80x24)
 even if real screen size of terminal emulator is bigger.
    resize command should be executed.
    putting it at .bashrc is recommended.
    this command sets environment variables - COLUMNS and LINES - according to current terminal window size
   and export it.

* various colors are not used at the output of ls command.
    check that dircolors command is installed and this command is set correctly at .bashrc

* sudo command doesn't give any chance to enter password. It only says "Sorry, try again.".
    pam is not correctly binded with sudo.
    install /etc/pam.d/sudo file.
    (sample.pam included at sudo source code release can be a good reference.
     - especially, second option - use pam_unix - is recommended)

* icmp protocol is not recognized by ping - included at inetutils - command.
    check /etc/protocols file is correctly installed.
    this file can be used by copying desktop's one.

* localhost is not recognized even though ip address -  - works well.
    check followings at /etc/hosts    localhost
    check below line at /etc/nsswitch.conf (related with nameserver)
        hosts: files dns

Anything to do?