PinePhone and PineTab kernel¶
This document describes how to build and install the PinePhone or PineTab kernel. First the recovery system is explained. Then the actual building and installation. At the bottom there are some references.
The Ubuntu Touch image contains a recovery boot mode based on “jumpdrive”. To get into the recovery press and hold the power and volume-up buttons until the led turns on.
The recovery presents the PinePhone as a network device over USB and runs a telnet server.
When you connect the PinePhone to your desktop via USB, you will see the rndis device show up in your desktop’s
usb 1-7.2: Product: PinePhone usb 1-7.2: Manufacturer: Pine64 usb 1-7.2: SerialNumber: Jumpdrive rndis_host 1-7.2:1.0 usb0: register 'rndis_host' at usb-0000:00:14.0-7.2, RNDIS device
You can log in to the recovery system with
The recovery also exposes the eMMC and the microSD card over USB. Assuming you have already installed Ubuntu Touch on your microSD card you will see something like this in your desktop’s
usb-storage 1-7.2:1.2: USB Mass Storage device detected scsi host3: usb-storage 1-7.2:1.2 scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access JumpDriv e eMMC PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 scsi 2:0:0:1: Direct-Access JumpDriv e microSD PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0 scsi 2:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0 sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] 30785536 512-byte logical blocks: (15.8 GB/14.7 GiB) sd 2:0:0:1: [sdc] 124735488 512-byte logical blocks: (63.9 GB/59.5 GiB) sdb: sdb1 sdb2 sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk sdc: sdc1 sdc2 sdc3 sdc4 sdc5 sdc6 sdc7 sdc8 sdc9 sdc10
The eMMC with jumpdrive contains two partitions: pmOS_boot and pmOS_root.
The microSD card with Ubuntu Touch contains 10 partitions: loader, scr, persist, boot_a, boot_b, recovery_a, recovery_b, cache, system and userdata. To update the kernel you want to mount boot_a. Check which device is the SDcard in your OS and mount boot_a. In the example above this is sdc4. Inside that partition you’ll see the kernel vmlinuz and related files:
Building the kernel¶
To install dependencies, get the source code, configure and build the kernel, run the following:
sudo apt install build-essential flex bison gcc-aarch64-linux-gnu libssl-dev git clone -b pine64-kernel-ubports https://gitlab.com/pine64-org/linux.git cd linux ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- KBUILD_VERSION=arm64 LOCALVERSION=-pine64 make pine64_defconfig ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- KBUILD_VERSION=arm64 LOCALVERSION=-pine64 make -j18 bindeb-pkg
Install the kernel¶
Boot into recovery and mount boot_a. Make a backup if needed. Then copy over your newly built kernel and if needed modules:
cp -v linux/debian/linux-image/boot/vmlinuz-5.6.0-pine64 [MOUNT POINT BOOT_A]/vmlinuz cp -v linux/debian/linux-image/boot/config-5.6.0-pine64 [MOUNT POINT BOOT_A] cp -v linux/debian/linux-image/boot/System.map-5.6.0-pine64 [MOUNT POINT BOOT_A] sudo rm -rf [MOUNT POINT BOOT_A]/modules sudo cp -rv linux/debian/linux-image/lib/modules [MOUNT POINT BOOT_A]
Afterwards be sure to unmount the partition so it is cleanly written. Now you can reboot the PinePhone. Once booted, you can verify that the kernel has been successfully updated by checking the build date with
uname -a on the device.
Pine64 wiki has general HW info, pointers to other PinePhone OS projects, HW revisions, serial UART over headphone jack (also in their store), spec sheets, known HW issues, etc
Main UBports repository has instructions for how to install UT images on the PinePhone
PinePhone forum from Pine64 is where many other communities gather that work with the PinePhone
sunxi community is where much of the mainlining effort for Allwinner devices including the PinePhone takes place. Note their build instructions.
Crust firmware implements a deep sleep state and runs on a dedicated System Control Processor outside the main CPU and DRAM.