The use of Unix in embedded computer systems such as networking equipment, mobile phones, media players, set-top boxes, etc.

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Open Source router firmware options?

What distro's exist that are designed for routers? Please include the following link to the project page link to supported hardware list what distinguishes them, why pick this option friendly web ...
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Debugging ethernet before NFS boot

I'm trying to boot Linux from U-boot on an embedded ARM board using a filesystem on a remote machine served via NFS. It appears that the ethernet connection is not coming up correctly, which results ...
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No network interface for the lan9118 emulated on QEMU 1.4.0 overo machine

Im using QEMU 1.4.0 Ubuntu 13.04 distribution. Im trying to make the virtrual machine part of the host network so Im ussing this command: sudo qemu-system-arm -M overo -m 1024 -sd ./test.img -clock ...
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Debian and Systemd: breaking ordering cycle error

I'm a new embedded developer I'm trying to make systemd 37 work with freescale vybrid board (A5 and M4) running on linux-3.0 After boot with some breaking ordering cycle error, I check with ps ...
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Is using a read only root file system a good idea for embedded setup?

I have been tasked with running Linux as an operating system on an embedded device. The target has an x86 processor and has 8 GB CompactFlash device for storage. I have managed to use buildroot to ...
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How to check password with Linux?

I want to check, from the linux command line, if a given cleartext password is the same of a crypted password on a /etc/shadow (I need this to authenticate web users. I'm running an embedded linux.) ...
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Which minimal but extendable Linux distribution to choose

I need an extendable Linux distribution which I can easily reduce in size so much that it fits into a 64 mb CF card. In this stripped version it will run on a Via C7 and needed is Kernel, ...
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Is it possible for a daemon (i.e. background) process to look for key-presses from a USB keyboard?

I'm working on an embedded Linux project where I will be developing a program that will run automatically on bootup and interact with the user via a character display and some sort of button array. ...
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How to set the CPU freq. in Linux?

I'm using this ARM9 SAM9G25 embedded system, that when switched on, is only online for a few seconds and because I want to speed up the whole process, I'd like to check the CPU frequency, and set it ...
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How do I cause a watchdog reset of my embedded Linux device

Is there a command like vi > out vi | out That I could use to cause a watchdog reset of my embedded linux device?
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How do I install GCC on a system with no compiler?

I've been messing around with my NAS which runs on Linux. I have root access, but there is no compiler. I seem to remember something about being able to compile on another system, but I'm not certain. ...
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Confusion with how to restore corrupt ext3 files if power outage occurs during a file write

I am running a small embedded system. Because the system will never be gracefully shutdown and will just have the power cable unplugged, I am running an initramfs but mounting an ext3 partition on a ...
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How to connect to ssh-server running on embedded linux without /etc/passwd?

After installing ssh server on my remote machine (which runs embedded Linux), I tried to connect to ssh server from host machine but it failed. This is because I could not specify user account when ...
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How to custom build debian's busybox?

I'm building an embedded system based on debian 7, and I'd like to make the most out of busybox that comes with debian. The problem is default busybox build in debian seems quite minimal, for example ...
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lsmod returns nothing on my embedded device

I have put a vendor supplied embedded Linux installation (called X-Linux) onto a hardware device. I ran lsmod to see what modules are loaded and nothing at all is shown. Also there is no /proc/modules ...
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How to check my account on embedded linux without “/etc/passwd”?

On some embedded linux systems, there is no /etc/passwd file and /etc directory is not writable (which means I cannot set user account and password?). Then what is my (default) account name and ...
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Using ncurses for basic GUI on a process started inside an init script

I have a custom written application that runs on a embedded setup (buildroot). My application has to run every time the target device boots up and so I wrote an init script to do this and it works ...
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Unable to get embedded device to ping anything on the network

I have an embedded device, built using buildroot, kernel version 3.6.11 running busybox. The kernel is built with completely default options. I have configured the device according to what the network ...