cross-compile Tvheadend for ARM Cortex A9 - 22 Jun 2013


This will be the first in a series of posts as I get Tvheadend, libhdhomerun, and dvbhdhomerun running on my XIOS DS Media Play. I am doing all of the building on a Debian 7 VM.


I attempted to roll a cross-compile environment in Cygwin for several hours and gave up. Everything was so much easier on a Debian 7 VM.

  1. http://www.mentor.com/embedded-software/sourcery-tools/sourcery-codebench/editions/lite-edition/arm-gnu-linux
  2. Run the installer. Something like: ./arm-2013.05-24-arm-none-linux-gnueabi.bin. May need to chmod +x the .bin.
  3. In ~/.profile, stick in: PATH="/opt/Sourcery_CodeBench_Lite_for_ARM_GNU_Linux/bin:$PATH" … or wherever you pointed the installer to.

zlib + OpenSSL to match ARM buildroot

I based my approach on: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11841919/cross-compile-openssh-for-arm/14541123#14541123

cd /opt
wget http://zlib.net/zlib-1.2.8.tar.gz
tar xzvf zlib-1.2.8.tar.gz
cd zlib-1.2.8
export CROSS_PREFIX=arm-none-linux-gnueabi
./configure --prefix=/opt/zlib-arm
make install

cd /opt
wget http://www.openssl.org/source/openssl-1.0.0a.tar.gz
tar xzvf openssl-1.0.0a.tar.gz
cd openssl-1.0.0a
export CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-linux-gnueabi-
export CC=gcc
./Configure dist --prefix=/opt/openssl-arm
make install

build/package Tvheadend

Standard instructions: https://github.com/tvheadend/tvheadend/blob/master/README.md

cd /opt
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/tvheadend/tvheadend.git
cd tvheadend
ln -s /opt/openssl-arm/include/openssl/ openssl
ln -s /opt/zlib-arm/include/zlib.h zlib.h
ln -s /opt/zlib-arm/include/zconf.h zconf.h
./configure --cc=arm-none-linux-gnueabi-gcc --host=armle-unknown-linux --target=armle-unknown-linux --build=i686-pc-linux --disable-avahi --release

cd /opt/tvheadend
cp build.linux/tvheadend .
cd ..
zip -r tvheadend.zip tvheadend

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