Cross Compiling Python 2.6.2 For ARM Cross Compiling Python for Embedded Linux

Tried to Cross Compile Python 2.6.2 For my ARM board, got success to successfully port python on ARM board, On ARM board Embedded Linux is already ported and running fine. ==>>

Here are simple steps to Cross compile python for ARM target board.

1) setup ARM tool chain with X11

install dependencies

Dependencies taken from DEBIAN
1) libdb

2) libsqlite3
copy and change prefix in sqlite3.pc

3) ncursesw

Dependencies installed from source
1) bzip2
edit Makefile


make install

2) gdbm
./configure –host=arm-linux –target=arm-linux –prefix=/xxx/yyy –enable-shared
make install
3) tcl-8.4.19
cd to unix folder

export ac_cv_func_strtod=yes
export tcl_cv_strtod_buggy=1

CC=arm-linux-gcc ./configure –host=arm-linux –prefix=/xxx/yyy

make install DESTDIR=/xxx/yyy

Note: dont install in prefix otherwise tk is not compiling.

4) tk-8.4.19

./configure –host=arm-linux CC=arm-linux-gcc
–prefix=/xxx/yyy –with-tcl=<path to unix folder in source of tcl>


make install

Note: you may have to move X11R6 from toolchain to /usr because its looking  in /usr for the X11 libs. if you do so remember to take backup of your /usr/X11R6 and then restore when you are done cross compiling python. Later find out why Makefiles are looking for X11R6 in /usr and change the path in those Makefiles..

5) readline-6.1
make install

6) openssl-0.9.8
There is no need to type configure, a Makefile is already existing. We just need to edit it and change it with way:


CC= xxx-yyy-linux-gnu-gcc
AR=xxx-yyy-linux-gnu-ar $(ARFLAGS) r
RANLIB= xxx-yyy-linux-gnu-ranlib
To compile and install the OpenSSL project, type successively make and make install. You should find the directories and files listed above under /opt/external_packages/openssl/0.9.8g/compiled/xxx-yyy-linux-gnu/.

change pkg-config files

Patching Python-2.6.2 before crosscompile
1) ./configure
2) make python Parser/pgen
3) mv python hostpython
4) mv Parser/pgen Parser/hostpgen
5) make distclean

6) apply the patch Python-2.6.2-xcompile.patch
patch -p1 < Python-2.6.2-xcompile.patch

7) In Modules/Setup.config and according to
Setup.config and (TODO: make patches for and Setup.config).
8) edit Modules/getaddrinfo.c and change “u_” to “unsigned ”

Compiling Python-2.6.2
CC=arm-linux-gcc CXX=arm-linux-g++ AR=arm-linux-ar RANLIB=arm-linux-ranlib ./configure –host=arm-linux –build=i686-pc-linux-gnu –prefix=/xxx/yyy
make HOSTPYTHON=./hostpython HOSTPGEN=./Parser/hostpgen BLDSHARED=”arm-linux-gcc -shared” CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- CROSS_COMPILE_TARGET=yes
make  install HOSTPYTHON=./hostpython BLDSHARED=”arm-linux-gcc -shared” CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- CROSS_COMPILE_TARGET=yes prefix=~/Python-3.1.2

Dependencies – Setup.config and are configuration files are required to be modify for ARM board.

Downloads required for Cross Compiling Python for Embedded Linux

  1. Setup.config

Note -Rename python_setup_file to
Links –  Download Python

python corss compile patch used.

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  1. #1 written by admin July 10th, 2010 at 02:45

    Cross Compiling Python for Embedded Linux

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  2. #2 written by admin July 12th, 2010 at 00:22

    python 2.6 configure “cross compile” modules

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