You’ve got all of your source downloaded, now it’s time to start building!
First we need to initialize the environment using the envsetup.sh tool. Enter BUILDDIR in a terminal and type:
This will give you an output that looks like this:
including device/lge/bullhead/vendorsetup.sh including vendor/cm/vendorsetup.sh including sdk/bash_completion/adb.bash including vendor/cm/bash_completion/git.bash including vendor/cm/bash_completion/repo.bash
We need to choose the target to build using the lunch command:
The output of this command will look something like this:
You're building on Linux Lunch menu... pick a combo: 1. aosp_arm64-eng 4. aosp_mips-eng 7. cm_bacon-eng 2. aosp_arm-eng 5. aosp_x86_64-eng 8. cm_bacon-user 3. aosp_mips64-eng 6. aosp_x86-eng 9. cm_bacon-userdebug Which would you like? [aosp_arm-eng]
Here you need to choose your device
cm_[your device]-userdebug, for example if you wish to build for the OnePlus One you would type
breakfast command is used in LineageOS 14.1 and above (and therefore halium-7.1) to set up the build environment for a specific device. It is easy to use. Simply ensure that you’re in BUILDDIR and run the following:
Breakfast will attempt to find your device, set up all of the environment variables needed for building, and give you a summary at the end. You don’t need to worry about any of this, unless it fails.
Modify the kernel configuration¶
Halium uses systemd as the init system. This requires various specific kernel configurations.
To check which config options needs to be adjusted we use mer-kernel-check utility provided by mer-hybris:
git clone https://github.com/mer-hybris/mer-kernel-check cd mer-kernel-check ./mer_verify_kernel_config <path to kernel configuration>
If you don’t know the path to your kernel config run
grep "TARGET_KERNEL_CONFIG" device/<VENDOR>/<CODENAME>/BoardConfig.mk. It should be in
arch/arm64/configs/<CONFIG> depending on the architecture of your device.
Mention that the config parameters CONFIG_IKCONFIG and CONFIG_IKCONFIG_PROC need to be set to y, otherwise Halium wont boot (or add them to the check script
As of systemd 233 the 3.4 kernel needs to have a patch in order to boot (tmpmnt not being created)¶
Due to changes introduced in systemd 233, specifically https://github.com/systemd/systemd-stable/commit/e187369587b1c6a5f65a12e7ec0bf7844905d014#diff-091b5e8286ba9db94f3958b92eb3653a is causing issues in many 3.4 kernels due to fstat not returning the correct value. A simple one line patch to the kernel will address this. See https://github.com/ubports/android_kernel_google_msm/pull/5/commits/1ad88b041787d8ce8407a021271ef1031e95cba6
Include your device in fixup-mountpoints¶
Fixup-mountpoints replaces the aliases of block device nodes in
/dev/block/by-name with their literal nodes under
/dev/block. This prevents issues caused by
by-name not being populated by systemd.
First check if the codename of your device is already included in the
If it’s not already included, you will need to add it. Your device should be running LineageOS or another ROM where you can get root access over ADB.
Find the fstab file for your device. For my Moto G5 Plus, this was
Enable adb root access
Create the skeleton for your device in fixup-mountpoints, right before the
"[codename]") sed -i \ [replacements, one per line] "[email protected]" ;;
For every line in fstab where the type is not
readlink -f [src]on the target device over ADB.
[src]is the leftmost colum in fstab.
Write all of our replacements, one for every mountpoint. Here’s the bones of one:
-e 's [src] [return] ' \
Replace [src] with what you input into readlink and [return] with what it returns. The space after [return] is important. The build fails without it.
Be careful to ensure that your indentation is the same as other devices! The
"[codename]") line should be indented by four spaces, and everything below it should be indented as shown.
Building the system.img and hybris-boot.img¶
Halium will use the mkbootimg tool for creating the boot image. In most cases it is not on the local harddisk, so it can be built by issuing:
To build the
hybris-boot.img - required for Halium - use the following commands:
export USE_HOST_LEX=yes mka hybris-boot mka systemimage
If you use
make and not
mka it is recommended to set
-j[num] to do parallel building, which reduces build time. Replace
[num] with the number of threads in your system plus 2.
If you receive errors while building Halium, check the following documents to see if there is a documented solution.
- Common kernel build errors
- Implicit declaration of ‘kvfree’
- ‘kuid_t’ (sdcardfs, cgroup) error
- Firmware class error
- ECRYPTFS error
- ‘Undefined reference to pidns_operations’ on Linux 3.4
- ‘struct perf_cpu_context’ has no member named ‘unique_pmu’
- ‘PROC_PID_INIT_INO’ undeclared here (not in a function)
- POSIX_ACL not supported in 3.18 backport
- Common system build errors
If your error is not in this list, please contact us for help.
Now that you have
system.img built, let’s install them along with the reference rootfs to test functionality.