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Embedded Linux Development Using Yocto Project Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Alex Gonzalez
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Embedded Linux Development Using Yocto Project Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Alex Gonzalez

Overview of this book

The Yocto Project has become the de facto distribution build framework for reliable and robust embedded systems with a reduced time to market.You'll get started by working on a build system where you set up Yocto, create a build directory, and learn how to debug it. Then, you'll explore everything about the BSP layer, from creating a custom layer to debugging device tree issues. In addition to this, you’ll learn how to add a new software layer, packages, data, scripts, and configuration files to your system. You will then cover topics based on application development, such as using the Software Development Kit and how to use the Yocto project in various development environments. Toward the end, you will learn how to debug, trace, and profile a running system. This second edition has been updated to include new content based on the latest Yocto release.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
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Adding a new software layer

Root filesystem customization involves adding or modifying content to the base image. Metadata for this content goes into one or more software layers, depending on the amount of customization needed.

A typical embedded project will have just one software layer containing all non-hardware-specific customizations. But it is also possible to have extra layers for graphical frameworks or system-wide elements.

Getting ready

Before starting work on a new layer, it is a good practice to check whether someone else provides a similar layer. Also, if you are trying to integrate an open source project, check whether a layer with it already exists. There is an index of available layers at

How to do it...

A new software layer can be created in the same way we did for a BSP layer in the previous chapter. We can, for example, create a new meta-custom layer using the yocto-layer command as we learned in the Creating a custom BSP layer recipe in Chapter...