1.2. Building the SDK with Yocto

1.2.1. Introduction

This page provides the steps to build the Processor SDK and individual components from source. The Processor SDK build is based on the Arago Project which provides a set of layers for OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project targeting TI platforms.

This page will provide the basic steps required to recreate the Processor SDK along with a reference of Processor SDK specific configurations, build targets, and target devices. Also, tips and suggestions are provided along with links for more in-depth information.

1.2.2. Quick Start Prerequisites (One-time setup)

The recommended Linux distribution is Ubuntu 22.04.

The following build host packages are required for Ubuntu. The following command will install the required tools on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

For Ubuntu 22.04, please run the following:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ # Install packages required for builds
$ sudo apt-get -f -y install \
    git build-essential diffstat texinfo gawk chrpath socat doxygen \
    dos2unix python3 bison flex libssl-dev u-boot-tools mono-devel \
    mono-complete curl python3-distutils repo pseudo python3-sphinx \
    g++-multilib libc6-dev-i386 jq git-lfs pigz zstd liblz4-tool \
    cpio file zstd lz4

By default Ubuntu uses “dash” as the default shell for /bin/sh. You must reconfigure to use bash by running the following command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash

Be sure to select “No” when you are asked to use dash as the default system shell.

Large Swap File

Building large packages, especially several at a time, requires a lot of working memory for a computer. For computers with 32 GB of RAM or more, this should not be a problem. For computers with less RAM, a swap file of ~16GB may be needed to build large packages. Creating a large swap file, or resizing a small swap file to be larger will help avoid build errors for large packages.

Proxy Setup

If working behind a proxy, please see Working Behind a Network Proxy. Build Steps

Please refer to here for the layer configuration (oeconfig-file) for a particular release of Processor SDK Linux AM65xx. The MACHINE can be set to am65xx-evm, for example.

The final command below will build the tisdk-default-image, which is the Processor SDK image with arago filesystem. See Build Options for a list of additional targets.

$ git clone https://git.ti.com/git/arago-project/oe-layersetup.git tisdk
$ cd tisdk
$ ./oe-layertool-setup.sh -f configs/processor-sdk/<oeconfig-file>
$ cd build
$ . conf/setenv
$ MACHINE=<machine> bitbake -k tisdk-default-image

Your tisdk-default-image wic image will be generated in deploy-ti directory. Use Processor_SDK_Linux_create_SD_card to flash this image on the SD-Card.


While building images via Yocto, if you are facing locale.Error: unsupported locale setting error, it means your system is trying to use a locale setting which was not there. Run the following commands which will setup the locale and try building your target image again.

export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
export LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
export LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"
export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
export LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8
ulimit -n 4096

1.2.3. Processor SDK Build Reference

The following sections provide information for configuration, build options, and supported platforms of the Processor SDK. Layer Configuration

Please refer to here for the layer configuration for a particular release of Processor SDK Linux. Build Options


In addition to individual components packages, the following table provides a list of build targets supported. These are the <target> used in the command:

MACHINE=<machine> bitbake <target>

The “Build Output” is given relative to the deploy-ti directory.


The following platforms are supported in Processor SDK. These are the <machine> in the command:

MACHINE=<machine> bitbake <target>


Supported EVMs


AM65x Evaluation Module, AM65x Industrial Development Kit, DRA80xM Evaluation Module

RT Support

Processor SDK Linux supports RT Linux Kernel for the following machines/EVMs. Use the command below to make the RT builds:

MACHINE=<machine> ARAGO_RT_ENABLE=1 bitbake <target>


Supported EVMs


AM65x Evaluation Module, AM65x Industrial Development Kit, DRA80xM Evaluation Module Recipes

Recipe Basics

One or more recipes can be specified for the <target> for greater granularity of recipe development and debug. Specifying a recipe name, minus the version (if the version is appended to the name), will build the recipe and all its dependencies.

For example, the command below builds only the opencl recipe and all the dependencies it defines.

MACHINE=<machine> bitbake opencl

After the bitbake command above is successfully done, arago-tmp-[toolchain]/work/<machine>-linux-gnueabi/opencl directory will be available including the original source code under the git folder, independent shared objects (.so files) under packages-split folder, and IPKs under deploy-ipks folder.


Please note that the output of a recipe can be in another folder under “arago-tmp-[toolchain]/work” directory, depending on the defines of the recipe.

Forced Re-compilation

When needed, source code under the work directory (e.g., arago-tmp-[toolchain]/work/<machine>-linux-gnueabi/opencl/git) can be modified. After the modification is done, run the following commands to force recompilation with the new code and rebuilding of the recipe, e.g., MACHINE=<machine> bitbake opencl --force -c compile

MACHINE=<machine> bitbake opencl

Installing Package

To install a modified and rebuilt package, copy the new IPKs from the deploy-ipks folder (e.g., arago-tmp-[toolchain]/work/<machine>-linux-gnueabi/opencl/[version]/deploy-ipks) to the target system and then run the following command to install the IPKs:

opkg install [package_ipk].ipk

Cleaning a Built Recipe

A built recipe can be cleaned using:

MACHINE=<machine> bitbake <target> -c cleansstate


MACHINE=<machine> bitbake <target> -c cleanall

The cleansstate task will clean recipe’s work directory and remove the recipe’s output from the dependency tree used by other recipe’s during compilation.

1.2.4. See also

General information on Yocto, OpenEmbedded and Arago projects can be found at: