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I am trying to build Linux kernel for MIPS architecture. I am getting the compilation, making modules and installing modules clean. but when I try to make for specific targets like zImage or uImage I am getting "No targets specified" error. I guess it is not configured for these targets.
Since this is the first time I am building for MIPS, I don't really know the solution for this problem. How can I get image while compiling for MIPS architecture? I am getting vmlinux file but not zImage type of file.
Distribution: Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, IRIX, OS X
In order to build a kernel for MIPS we need to know what computer the kernel is going to be running on. MIPS, like Intel-based archetecture, has 32-bit and 64-bit. But, unlike Intel, you also have to consider "endianess"* when building you kernel. And a 32-bit kernel will not run on a 64-bit machine, and vice-verca. Therefore, we have 4 very different versions of MIPS:
In order to tell you how to cross-compile a MIPS kernel (because Fedora won't run on MIPS, but you can build for MIPS on Fedora) I need to know the processor that it will be running on (I can find out processor from system name usually).
*Endianness describes how the processor runs instructors, whether it's Least Significant (0 0 1 1 1 gets run as 1 first, then 1, 1, 0, and 0) bit first or Most Significant bit first (0 0 1 1 1 is processed as 0 first, then 0, 1, 1, and 1).