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This is a set of scripts to package a DroboApp from scratch, i.e., download sources, unpackage, compile, install, and package in a TGZ file. The master branch contains the Drobo5N version, the drobofs branch contains the DroboFS version.

I just want to install the DroboApp, what do I do?

Check the releases page. If there are no releases available, then you have to compile.

How to compile

First make sure that you have a working cross-compiling VM.

Log in the VM, pick a temporary folder (e.g., ~/build), and then do:

git clone
cd python2
ls -la *.tgz

Each invocation creates a log file with all the generated output.

  • ./ distclean removes everything, including downloaded files.
  • ./ clean removes everything but downloaded files.
  • ./ package repackages the DroboApp, without recompiling.

Build a cross-compiler

First, install the package qemu-user-static.

Then, make sure there are no residual files, and use the BUILD_DEST variable.

./ clean
cp -vfaR ./target/install/bin/* "${XPYTHON}/bin/"
cp -vfaR ./target/install/include/* "${XPYTHON}/include/"

And set the QEMU_LD_PREFIX to use the python cross-compiler.

QEMU_LD_PREFIX="${TOOLCHAIN}/${HOST}/libc" "${XPYTHON}/bin/python" build_ext \
  --include-dirs="${XPYTHON}/include" --library-dirs="${XPYTHON}/lib" \
  --force build --force bdist_egg --dist-dir .

Missing modules

Python build finished, but the necessary bits to build these modules were not found:
_tkinter           bsddb185           gdbm            
linuxaudiodev      ossaudiodev        readline        
To find the necessary bits, look in in detect_modules() for the module's name.



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