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Dockerfile for the Turris OpenWRT buildroot


Goal of this project is to provide OpenWRT buildroot for the Turris router. I decided to use docker for a number of reasons:

  • Its giving ability to create repeatable builds undepended from the host environment. Turris OS build process is not exactly the same as OpenWRT so its easy to forgot/miss something.
  • It is possible to use it directly on Linux and also on OSX/Windows using boot2docker project.
  • Ability to automate build process, make snapshots, etc.
  • Possibility to host image on docker hub and deploy it on any server (e.g. in cloud environment or locally).

how it works

Image is based on debian wheezy. All packages required to rebuild turris firmware are installed. OpenWRT + all feeds are fetched from the CZNIC server and ready to use. Build of this image is completely automated using Docker Hub.

how to use it

  1. You should have docker installed and configured.
  2. Image is available on the docker hub:

     bash-3.2$ docker search turris
     NAME                      DESCRIPTION   STARS     OFFICIAL   AUTOMATED
     sammcz/turris-buildroot                 0                    [OK]
  3. Its time to start our container. I am recommending to mount build_dir to the host (e.g. to /opt/turris/build_dir), because it can grow to 20+ Gb during full firmware rebuild. Also dl directory which is used to download port source files should be mounted to host /opt/turris/dl:

     sh# mkdir -p  /opt/turris/dl /opt/turris/build_dir && chmod -R 1000:1000 /opt/turris/
     sh# docker run --name turris_buildroot -v /opt/turris/dl:/opt/turris/openwrt/dl \
     -v /opt/turris/build_dir:/opt/turris/openwrt/build_dir -ti sammcz/turris-buildroot
  4. If everything works fine you should see container prompt (something like builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$). Container using "builder" user with uid/gid 1000/1000. If you need root - use su command without password. Its time to test environment, lets compile kernel and some basic packages:

     builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ cp configs/config-turris-nand ./.config
     builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ make defconfig
     Collecting package info: done
     Collecting target info: done
     # configuration written to .config
     make -j18 LOGFILE=1 BUILD_LOG=1 IS_TTY=1
     <output skipped>

    This should build GCC/uClibc toolchain, build tools, kernel and some packages. On a 16 Cores VM it takes about 25 minutes.

  5. To build entire firmware (please note, it will take a lot of time), use command like that:

     USE_CCACHE=y BUILD_ALL=y ./compile_turris_fw -j8 LOGFILE=1 BUILD_LOG=1 IS_TTY=1

    Most likely this step will fail, because during build process it will try to fetch many files from remote locations, and not all of them were available during my tests. I was looking for such files on the mirrors and downloaded them to dl/ folder manually. After dl/ is populated you can run make package/compile -j8 to continue. Also parallel build is not always working very well with openwrt.

building kernel modules matching Turris release version

OpenWRT using vermagic number which contain hash of the kernel configuration, including all enabled modules. To build

builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ cp configs/config-turris-nand ./.config
builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ echo "CONFIG_ALL=y" >> .config
builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ make defconfig
builder@188508e1863d:~/openwrt$ make -j 18 target/compile
 make[1] target/compile
 make[2] -C target/linux compile
builder@fcac61323ebe:~/openwrt$ make -j 18 package/linux/compile
 make[1] package/linux/compile
 make[2] -C package/libs/toolchain compile
 make[2] -C package/firmware/linux-firmware compile
 make[2] -C package/kernel/linux compile

After compilation you should find all kernel packages with matching vermagic number in the bin/mpc85xx/packages/ directory.


As i mentioned before - openwrt build system is not very stable. I am recommending to grep ' Error' in the /opt/turris/openwrt/logs/build.log in case of fail to find exact reason and failed package. Sometime it is enough to run build one more time. Often it is enough to put unavialable distfile to the dl/ directory. Also you will find that some packages are very outdated - this is because Turris OS overrides default openwrt packages for some reason. Also use OpenWRT article.

In case of any comments or suggestions - pull requests are welcome :)

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