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Fedora 22 was released today for x86, and almost simultaneously for aarch64. I have already built a virt-builder image, so you can install it immediately (either on real hardware or under virtualization on x86):
$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-22
To boot this on x86, use a slightly modified version of the instructions from here:
$ wget http://libguestfs.org/download/builder/fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz $ unxz fedora-22-aarch64-nvram.xz $ qemu-system-aarch64 -nodefconfig -nodefaults -display none \ -M virt -cpu cortex-a57 -machine accel=tcg \ -m 2048 \ -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=/usr/share/edk2.git/aarch64/QEMU_EFI-pflash.raw,readonly \ -drive if=pflash,format=raw,file=fedora-22-aarch64-nvram \ -device virtio-scsi-device,id=scsi \ -drive file=fedora-22.img,format=raw,if=none,id=hd0 \ -device scsi-hd,drive=hd0 \ -netdev user,id=usernet \ -device virtio-net-device,netdev=usernet \ -serial stdio
A while back I bought a Nexus 9, mainly because it has a weird processor that emulates a 64 bit ARM (aarch64). Google seem to have abandoned this platform entirely, just 6 months after I got it, so fuck you too Google. Anyway here’s how I installed a Fedora 21 aarch64 chroot on the device, using virt-builder and virt-tar-out and a bunch of unnecessary hassle.
First I ran virt-builder, which takes under a minute to produce a Fedora 21 aarch64 disk image. I then used virt-tar-out to convert all the files in that disk image into a tar file:
$ virt-builder --arch aarch64 fedora-21 $ virt-tar-out -a fedora-21.img / chroot.tar
Copy this file over to the N9, and unpack it. I have rooted my N9, so I can do this as root to preserve all the permissions etc:
# mkdir root # cd root # tar -xf /sdcard/Download/chroot.tar # cd ..
And how can there not be a tar utility in Android?? I had to build a static ‘tar’ for aarch64 using my existing aarch64 server, to run the above command. And and and how can there be no chroot utility either!? I ended up compiling that myself too yada yada.
After all that you can do:
# mount -o bind /dev root/dev # mount -o bind /proc root/proc # mount -o bind /sys root/sys # PATH=/usr/bin:/bin LD_PRELOAD= chroot root /bin/bash
which gives me at least a Fedora 21 shell on Android.
Edit: A few further notes:
- When setting up a non-root user account inside the chroot, give it the same UID, GID and groups as the ordinary non-privileged Android user account. In particular it must be in the
inetgroup, else network access is blocked.
- You may need to set up
/etc/resolv.confby hand in the chroot.