[meta-freescale] dts and dtb files

zhenhua.luo at freescale.com zhenhua.luo at freescale.com
Wed Jan 22 23:57:21 PST 2014

Does "bitbake -C install virtual/kernel" work for your case?

Best Regards,


From: meta-freescale-bounces at yoctoproject.org [mailto:meta-freescale-bounces at yoctoproject.org] On Behalf Of Niklas Molin
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:48 PM
To: meta-freescale at yoctoproject.org
Subject: Re: [meta-freescale] dts and dtb files


I just wanted to check if there is a way to compile the dts files with bitbake?
I can see that my dtsi -file is updated in the directory where I have my dtb file.
But the dtb file is not updated when I run bitbake.
So do I have to manually compile the dts file or is there some way to do it via bitbake?


On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM, Mats Kärrman <Mats.Karrman at tritech.se<mailto:Mats.Karrman at tritech.se>> wrote:
Hi Niclas,

(Please keep the list on cc)

At Friday, January 17, 2014 11:12 PM, Niklas Molin [niklas.p.molin at gmail.com<mailto:niklas.p.molin at gmail.com>] wrote:
> So in my .conf file (machine config) I have the KERNEL_DEVICETREE, which points to some .dtb files.
> Will these .dtb files be generated by "compiling" the dts/dtsi files?
> If so, where do setup the path to where these dts/dtsi files are located.
> Right now when I look in my Sabresd directory I have dts/dtsi files in following paths:
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/linux-imx/3.10.9-r0/image/usr/src/kernel/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/linux-imx/3.10.9-r0/package/usr/src/kernel/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/linux-imx/3.10.9-r0/packages-split/kernel-dev/usr/src/kernel/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/linux-imx/3.10.9-r0/git/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/linux-imx/3.10.9-r0/sysroot-destdir/usr/src/kernel/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> cortexa9hf-vfp-neon-poky-linux-gnueabi/linux-libc-headers/3.10-r0/linux-3.10/arch/arm/boot/dts/
> From which directory is it "compiling" the dts/dtsi files?
The .dtb is built as part of the Linux kernel build, not the
linux-libc-headers. On my machine I find the .dts source files at:

You need to make a patch for the linux kernel source or otherwise
copy your .dts file to this directory before do_install.
The .dtb files listed in your machine conf are compiled from .dts
files with the same name. The compiler is called "dtc" and is a
tool built as part of the linux kernel build (see .../git/scripts/dtc).
You can run the tool with "--help" for more info. A good feature
is that you can run it backwards, producing a .dts from your .dtb
so you can make sure you've got all your changes right.

BR // Mats

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