Compiling Haiku for Arm

Haiku can be compiled for devices leveraging the ARMv7 or later processor architecture.

The state of the ARM port is extremely early. Roll up your sleeves and help out!

Create a Compiler Toolchain

Building the ARM compiler toolchain is quite easy using Haiku’s configure tool.

For a complete list of flags for the configure script, see Haiku’s Configure Options

  1. Perform a git clone haiku and buildtools
  2. Within the haiku source directory, create your workspace for ARM via mkdir generated.arm; cd generated.arm
  3. Leverage configure to build your ARM toolchain. ../configure -j2 --cross-tools-source ../../buildtools --build-cross-tools arm

Building an MMC (SD Card) Image

Once you have a complete ARM toolchain, you can build a Haiku MMC disk image via jam -j2 -q @minimum-mmc This will generate an MMC image suitable for booting Haiku on real ARM hardware devices or in emulators like QEMU

The generated MMC image only contains Haiku software. Most physical ARM hardware devices will require extra binary bootloaders (including u-boot). Users can leverage the Rune tool to post-process generic Haiku ARM images for their target ARM device.

Emulating ARM Image

The ARM images can also be emulated in QEMU ARM with an EFI bios like Tianocore.

haiku-mmc.image contains our bootloader. haiku-minimum.mmc contains our filesystem. These need to be combined in the future. You can remove the “-hdb haiku-minimum.mmc” to see our bootloader menu on arm (or theoretically tap space?)

The location of the ARM Tianocore bios will vary based on platform. This example is for Fedora:

qemu-system-arm -M virt -m 1024 -bios /usr/share/edk2/arm/QEMU_EFI.fd -device virtio-gpu -hda haiku-mmc.image -hdb haiku-minimum.mmc

Be sure to examine the uart console in QEMU for debug data from our bootloader / kernel.

Running on real hardware

While the 'structure' has been setup to get Haiku booting on real hardware, more work needs to be done to make it work reliably.

Generally, you’ll need to “post-process” the Haiku MMC image for your target ARM device. The Rune tool was designed for this purpose. It will download the necessary binary blobs to get Haiku running and inject them to the MMC image.

Provisioning an SD card directly

Be sure to replace /dev/sde with your SD card block device.

rune -b rpi2 -i haiku-mmc.image /dev/sde

Creating an SD card image

rune -b rpi3 -i haiku-mmc.image /home/alex/haiku-rpi3.mmc dd if=/home/alex/haiku-rpi3.mmc of=/dev/sde

Adding support for additional ARM hardware

If upsteam u-boot supports your board, open a ticket to with the details and help us expand our inventory of supported devices!