[yocto] I hate busybox!

Romain Perier romain.perier at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 09:38:43 PDT 2015

Hi all,

I disagree,
Unfortunately some embedded devices in the industry are not like most
of the tablets and smartphones in the market (no quad or octo cores
with few GB of ram... and few GB of flash...)   ;)  .For example,
these days, at work, we're designing a board with the SoC zynq-7000
and a quad-spi NOR flash. The NOR only has 16MB... now remove ~2Mb for
u-boot... 4Mb for the bistream (fpga)... I only have 10MB for my
kernel and my rootfs.

Embedded projects like uclibc, musl or busybox are very appreciated in
cases like this one :)

I am not saying that it is a great thing to have busybox built and
enabled by default, but that is a great thing to be able to use it.
In fact, it strongly depends on your needs for the target...


2015-09-15 17:39 GMT+02:00 William Mills <wmills at ti.com>:
> On 09/15/2015 10:53 AM, Trevor Woerner wrote:
>> On 09/15/15 10:47, Trevor Woerner wrote:
>>> The only place busybox (and
>>> toybox) are needed today are in the MMU-less-type systems, such as
>>> Cortex-Ms etc.
>> Actually, the presence or lack of MMU is irrelevant, I meant to single
>> out those systems with limited on-SoC flash.
> OE-core is capable of building a system that has no GPLv3.
> This capability is still important to some users and busybox is needed
> for that as I understand.
> (Other users want the capability to build a system w/o proprietary code.
>  OE serves both needs.)
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