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Building kernel driver.

  • Hi building gurus,
    I spent a few days trying to figure out how to add support of device driver to my Omega2p. I read Building Kernel Modules for the Omega2, but finally, I think it is not my case. I also read official OpenWrt Build system usage.

    I need the support of usb-eth device LAN78xx. That is part of the kernel but not available for Omega. So after all I read and tried I did

    make kernel_menuconfig

    In Device Drivers-USB support-<> Support for Host-side USB
    Device Drivers-Network device support - USB Network Adapters - <
    or M>Microchip LAN78XX Based USB Ethernet Adapters


    make -j4

    the build was done, but the support of LAN78XX still missing and module lan78xx is unknown.

    Then I think I still miss something or maybe I am wrong/unsure how it all works.

    Also I have a question if it is possible to compile it only as a module (.ko or .ipk) and install it later with insmod or opkg. From all I read until now it is not recommended to compile as M better to mark it with * to be a static part of the kernel.

    Thank you for hints or links how to.

  • @Martin-Vana, kernel objects for Omegas are big problem, same problem with I2S sound card, TFT-displays, RTC and others device drivers.

    You have to recompile your own firmware. But why you need external LAN78XX device, Ethernet port is already in Omega, you can only append transformer and RJ-45 or connect expand shield to use it.

  • @Modest-Polykarpovich I need a second interface and PHY is not standard 4 wire ethernet. LAN7801 is only MAC and specific PHY is connected via RGMII. On Win10 computer my HW works, but I need to embed it with Omega.

    Recompile own firmware you mean recompile Kernel or something else? Until now I recompile sources from omega repo and all packages I need I found in make_menuconfig. Is there somewhere any tutorial on how to recompile Kernel with own modules? It seems that changes in make kernel_menuconfig do not take effect.

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  • @Lazar-Demin thank you for the link, I read it many times as I mentioned it in my first post. But the difference is that Max has own source code with own function. I want a module that's source code is already in kernel mainline with some dependencies and I am not sure if selecting module in make kernel_menuconfig is the right way because after compilation the module is still unknown. No .ko or .ipk produced. If I understand it correctly I do not need to modify feeds or do I?

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    @Martin-Vana No need to modify feeds.
    From my experience make kernel_menuconfig sets up how kernel modules should be treated - whether they should be built-in to the kernel, or can be loaded as kernel modules.

    Once you've done your configuration in make kernel_menuconfig, you'll need to enable the kernel module for compilation in make menuconfig.

    Then run make, and you'll get an ipk.

  • Thank you for your tips. I was doing everything correctly (maybe). Because I found compiled lan78xx.ko. Previously I was looking in the wrong folder. And my second mistake was that after flashing image into Omega I expected that module will be list when I type lsmod but it lists only installed modules but not the statically built-in kernel. Does someone know how to list kernel built-in modules?

    Tip for somebody who needs a driver that source is part of the kernel already.
    make kernel_menuconfig find there your driver and mark it * for the static part of the kernel or M for a module.

    make world
    or only recompile kernel - it is much faster.
    make target/linux/compile you will find compiled .ko if you want to install it with insmod
    or you can continue with
    make target/linux/install and
    make target/install and you will get new .bin image with recompiled kernel

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