Yocto Flash From Net

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VAR-SOM-MX8X - Flash Yocto images from network

1 Flashing a complete Yocto system from Network using TFTP & NFS

  1. Please make sure your host system is ready to use TFTP/NFS. Use our Wiki if required: Yocto Setup TFTP/NFS
  2. This is a concept Wiki. Please adopt it to your system and your requirements.
  3. Android can be flashed in the same way.

1.1 Build minimal file system

To setup a Yocto build environment follow steps 1 & 3 of the Build Yocto from source code guide.
Then, append the following to the conf/local.conf file in your Yocto build directory:

IMAGE_INSTALL_append = " bash e2fsprogs-mke2fs tar"

And build the image:

$ bitbake core-image-minimal

Create a root file system and copy files:

$ mkdir ~/flash_rootfs
$ sudo tar xf tmp/deploy/images/imx8qxp-var-som/core-image-minimal-imx8qxp-var-som.tar.gz -C ~/flash_rootfs
$ sudo cp -a ~/flash_rootfs/boot/*.dtb /tftpboot
$ sudo cp ~/flash_rootfs/boot/Image.gz /tftpboot

Insert the recovery SD card into your host PC and copy the following files from it (assuming it is mounted at /media):

$ sudo cp -a /media/rootfs/opt/images ~/flash_rootfs/opt/
$ sudo cp /media/rootfs/usr/bin/*.sh  ~/flash_rootfs/usr/bin/

Boot the board, stop the autoboot to get to the U-Boot command line, and set the following environment variables:

=> setenv serverip <your host ip address>
=> setenv nfsroot /home/<your username>/flash_rootfs

If you want to set the fdt file yourself, instead of using the default auto detection:
=> setenv fdt_file <relevant device tree>
=> setenv bootcmd 'run netboot'
=> saveenv
=> boot

On the target flash your system:

# install_yocto.sh

A complete system is flashed into the SOMs internal storage (NAND flash/eMMC).
Once the file system is built you can use it again and again to flash your VAR-SOM-MX8X.
You can update the images to use your images and/or customize install_yocto.sh to your requirements.