Adding Applications To OpenMoko The Right Way

Pranav Desai pranavadesai at
Wed Aug 29 23:09:38 CEST 2007

On 8/29/07, Andy Powell <openmoko at> wrote:
> On Tuesday 28 August 2007 17:46, Jim McDonald wrote:
> > Hi,
> >    Would it be possible for someone in the know to provide instructions,
> > either here or in the Wiki, on exactly how to add an application to a
> > local openmoko image?  We have been informed at various times that the
> > current way listed on the Wiki is incorrect and bad, but the obvious
> > follow-up of telling us how to do it correctly has been omitted.
> >
> >    Bonus points for providing the answer in the context of mokomakefile
> > (as that is what most of the people who do not understand the OE setup
> > use) and not using the word 'simple' without supplying step-by-step
> > instructions.
> >
> >    Many thanks in advance from a frustrated would-be developer.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jim.
> Jim (jgm ?)
> I think we've both vented on irc about this (/me = ScaredyCat) and I've
> been
> having a play about and managed to build my own images with my own
> applications added. I've added it to the wiki too.. If you could test my
> instructions I'd appreciate it.
> You need to do the preceeding bits on that page too...

I have tried the instructions for building applications using the local
overlay and it seems to work well enough for me. I haven't tried building an
entire image, because for my purpose scp'ing the application to phone is
good enough.

I don't know whether this is the right or wrong way, but like you said, in
absence of anything better, this is what I plan to use.

Thanks for the doc.

-- Pranav

No doubt it's another 'wrong way' but in the absence of any useful help we
> have to find our own solutions :)
> Andy / ScaredyCat


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