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How To Make a Fedora Image on an ARM Host(Arndale)

ARM host Hardware Requirements

RAM >= 2GB

SSD (for swap and storage)

So we will use Arndale board(running F17) and ADATA SP900 128G SSD to make F18 image in this Wiki.

Deloying a Fedora 17 on Arndale

[17 image for Arndale Board].

Decompression the file and Flash the image to SD card:

{{{ $ sudo dd if=F17-arndale-201304221157.img of=${DEV} }}}

Flash u-boot to SD card:

{{{ $ wget $ wget $ wget $ sudo dd if=arndale-bl1.bin of=${DEV} bs=512 seek=1 $ sudo dd if=smdk5250-spl.bin of=${DEV} bs=512 seek=17 $ sudo dd if=u-boot.bin of=${DEV} bs=512 seek=49 $ sync }}}

where ${DEV} can be /dev/mmcblkN or /dev/sdN.

Then insert the SD card into the Arndale and boot.

Attach a SSD to ARM host

We need a SSD for bigger swap and storage.

Format SSD into two partitions like below :

{{{ [root@arndale-f17-v7hl fuwei]# fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 128.0 GB, 128035676160 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 15566 cylinders, total 250069680 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x6fea5476

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System

/dev/sda1 2048 8390655 4194304 83 Linux /dev/sda2 8390656 250069679 120839512 83 Linux }}}

format 4BG swap partition and mount it


  1. mkswap /dev/sda1
  2. swapon /dev/sda1
  3. swapoff /dev/mmcblk1p2
  4. free
            total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached

Mem: 2062708 73120 1989588 0 3180 21252 -/+ buffers/cache: 48688 2014020 Swap: 4194300 0 4194300


format another partition and mount it as Extended Storage(ES)


  1. mkfs.ext4 -L "es" /dev/sda2
  2. mount /dev/sda2 /es/


make directory structure on Extended Storage(ES)

{{{ [root@arndale-f17-v7hl /]# tree /es/ /es/ ├── lost+found └── scratch

   └── fuwei
       ├── arndale
       │   ├── F18
       │   │   ├── images
       │   │   └── kickstarts
       │   └── u-boot
       └── scripts


Install anaconda and lorax

For making image on ARM host, we need to install the 'patched' versions of anaconda and lorax from xpfa.


  1. yum --nogpgcheck install
  2. yum --enablerepo=xpfa install anaconda lorax


Get a kickstart file

You can download a example kickstart file from [17 kickstart file for Arndale Board]

This kickstart file can make a F18 image in F17 ARM host for Arndale Board.

Put it to /es/scratch/fuwei/arndale/F18/kickstarts/

Building image using livemedia-creator

The shell script for making image is below:


  1. !/bin/sh

BUILD_TIME=date +%Y%m%d%H%M

livemedia-creator \ --no-virt --make-disk \ --armplatform=None \ --tmp=/es/scratch/fuwei/arndale/F18/images/ \ --image-name=F18-arndale-${BUILD_TIME}.img \ --ks=/es/scratch/fuwei/arndale/F18/kickstarts/F18-arndale-console_in_f17.ks }}}

Put it into /es/scratch/fuwei/scripts, add execute permission and execute it.

Note: If you met any error in build procedure. you had better to reboot the board and execute "anaconda-cleanup", then try again.