OpenWRT on BBB(3)

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Building Guideline

I found a openwrt-bbb repository on github, so just download it and build:

$ git clone
$ cd openwrt-bbb
$ make

When building you will meet the openssl download error, simply change the version from 1.0.1i to 1.0.1h or other version is OK.
I change this because in recent days the download page of is not stable, so the download procedure will directly download the tar files from, while on it holds the 1.0.1h version rather than 1.0.1i version. If you could get 1.0.1i version from, then you needn’t do these changes.


As the author said, directly use dd for copying the files into the SD card, but I failed.

SD Card

Use following command for write the image to the SD card:

$ sudo dd if=bin/omap/openwrt-omap-combined-vfat-ext4.img of=/dev/sdb
$ sync

Then we have to do following operation in order to change the bootup sequence and parameters:

$ mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt
$ cp openwrt-omap-zImage /mnt/
$ cp dtbs/am335x-boneblack.dtb /mnt/dtbs/
$ vim uEnv.txt

loadzimage=load mmc ${mmcdev}:${mmcpart} ${loadaddr} ${kernel_file}
loadfdt=load mmc ${mmcdev}:${mmcpart} ${fdtaddr} /dtbs/${fdtfile}

mmcroot=/dev/mmcblk0p2 ro
mmcrootfstype=ext4 rootwait

mmcargs=setenv bootargs console=${console} root=${mmcroot} rootfstype=${mmcrootfstype} ${optargs}

uenvcmd=run loadzimage; run loadfdt; run mmcargs; bootz ${loadaddr} - ${fdtaddr}

optargs="debug init=/etc/preinit"

With above modification you could directly use the SD card for booting the BBB and use OpenWRT!


Create NFS via following command:

[root@TrustyArch omap]# pwd
[root@TrustyArch omap]# cp openwrt-omap-zImage /srv/tftp/
[root@TrustyArch omap]# cp dtbs/am335x-boneblack.dtb /srv/tftp/
[root@TrustyArch omap]# mkimage -A arm -O linux -T kernel -C none -a 0x80008000 -e 0x80008000 -n "Linux" -d /srv/tftp/openwrt-omap-zImage /srv/tftp/uImage
[root@TrustyArch omap]# rm -rf /srv/nfs4/BBBrootfs/
[root@TrustyArch omap]# mkdir -p /srv/nfs4/BBBrootfs
[root@TrustyArch omap]# tar xzvf openwrt-omap-Default-rootfs.tar.gz -C /srv/nfs4/BBBrootfs/

Wow, start from NFS got failed for:

[    1.262675] VFS: Cannot open root device "nfs" or unknown-block(0,255): error -6
[    1.270603] Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
[    1.279456] b300         1875968 mmcblk0  driver: mmcblk
[    1.285084]   b301           72261 mmcblk0p1 00000000-01
[    1.290680]   b302         1799280 mmcblk0p2 00000000-02
[    1.296300] b310            1024 mmcblk0boot1  (driver?)
[    1.301895] b308            1024 mmcblk0boot0  (driver?)
[    1.307513] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,255)

Later I will investigate this problem.

Re-Compile Kernel

First we enable the kernel .config support, so later we could directly output its .config for newer version:

$ make menuconfig
General setup
[*] Kernel .config support
[*] Enable access to .config through /proc/config.gz

Enable the nfs support:

Device Driver
[*] Block devices
[*] Network block device support
Networking options
[*] IP: kernel level autoconfiguration
[*]	IP: DHCP support
[*]	IP: BOOTP support
File Systems
[*] Netwrok File Systems

The detailed NFS client configuration is listed as following image:

Save the configuration and re-compile the kernel:

$ make V=99 -j4