More verbose listing of Software stack files?
pipnflinx at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 06:52:58 CEST 2008
Ferenc Veres wrote:
> Flinx írta, 2008-08-18 23:01 keltezéssel:
>> Therefore I would propose a listing somewhere that would explain to new
>> users (like myself) which files do what, because the file names aren't
>> exactly clear.
>> Obviously something like this would take a bit of effort to maintain, but
>> would really benefit people who are just getting started.
> http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Distributions and
> http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Download pages should answer all these
> questions. They are long, and there are many options to choose (like 4-5
> completely different distributions). So it may take some effort to get
> an overview, what do you advice to make this cleaner?
> I think nobody dares to clearly say, one is more important than another,
> and elevate e.g. 2008.8 as "THE DOWNLOAD", and push all the rest in the
> background as "alternate downloads". They are all important. This makes
> it more difficult for new users.
> Both those pages link to
> http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Flashing_the_Neo_FreeRunner which explains
> (and I think "Downloads" explains too!) that you need a kernel and a
> root filesystem, and "Distributions" clearly state where to download a
> kernel and a root fs.
> Any comments are welcome from you on how to make these pages easier to
> documentation mailing list
> documentation at lists.openmoko.org
I guess I'm thinking more about how things are named once they arrive at the
To use OM 2008.8 as an example
Once the user clicks on
"Latest stable release: http://downloads.openmoko.org/releases/Om2008.8/"
They see a directory like...
Om2008.8-gta02-20080808.rootfs.jffs2 08-Aug-2008 10:33 68M
Om2008.8-gta02-20080808.rootfs.tar.gz 08-Aug-2008 14:46 49M
Om2008.8-gta02-20080808.uImage.bin 08-Aug-2008 10:41 1.8M
Om2008.8.rootfs.jffs2 08-Aug-2008 10:33 68M
Om2008.8.rootfs.tar.gz 08-Aug-2008 14:46 49M
Om2008.8.uImage.bin 08-Aug-2008 10:41 1.8M
md5sums 16-Aug-2008 22:32 379
Personally it doesn't really tell me a whole lot about what files are what.
I took a guess that "-gta02-" meant that Those were the ones for the
FreeRunner, and that ones without it were for the Neo 1973 (GTA01).
Now, after reading all of the documentation about flashing, I came to
believe that ".uImage.bin" was the bootloader. Because "rootfs" seems to
have the entire root file system (kernel included) as that is how I would
understand a PC linux system to be. And I had no idea wha was in the tar.gz
but it looked important to have too.
It wasn't until after chatting on IRC that I found out which exactly files
from the above list I needed to download.
To be honest, I'm more of a hacker-by-night whereas more experienced
developers may be familiar with the naming conventions...
Am I trying to over simplify things?
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