Using Eclipse to Cross-compile Applications for Embedded Systems
The instructions assume a Linux PC running Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) and the Eclipse Platform version 3.7.0. If you’re using a different Linux distribution or edition or a different Eclipse version, the menus and other details may vary.
I gleaned much of the information in this tutorial from a BeagleBoard Google groups post by Derek Kane.
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Send comments, suggestions, etc. to jan (at) janaxelson.com.
Part 1: Install a Toolchain
To cross-compile programs, you'll need a toolchain with a cross-compiler for your target architecture. This example installs an Ångström toolchain for the Armv7a architecture to create programs that run on the BeagleBoard-xM.
If you already have a toolchain installed, skip to Part 2: Install Eclipse and C/C++ Development Tools.
In a browser on the development PC, go to:
To install a toolchain to run on a Pentium-II-series development PC (i686), select:
The filename may vary with new releases. For 64-bit systems, select an option with x86_64. To include support for the Qt framework, select an option with qte.
In the dialog box that appears, select Save File and click OK.
The default location for saving files is /home/username/Downloads/. This example uses the username jan.
In the terminal application, change to the directory to extract the files to:
Extract the files, specifying the path of the compressed file:
sudo tar -xjvf /home/jan/Downloads/angstrom-2011.03-i686-linux-armv7a-linux-gnueabi-toolchain.tar.bz2