Grab latest rootfs for the Cubieboard2:
$ wget http://repo.voidlinux.eu/live/void-cubieboard2-rootfs-latest.tar.xz
Make sure to check that sha256 is correct. The sha256 hash is stored in the
Preparing the SD card
The SD card must have at least 2 partitions, one as FAT for
/boot and another one as
ext4 (the default kernel cmdline expects the rootfs to be in ext4) for /; let's begin preparing the partitions and mounting them in a directory:
$ parted /dev/sda <- change this to match your SD card # Create the FAT partition of 64MB and make it bootable (parted) mktable msdos (parted) mkpart primary fat32 2048s 64MB (parted) toggle 1 boot # Create the rootfs partition until end of device (parted) mkpart primary ext4 64MB -1 (parted) quit
Now let's create the filesystems in the SD card:
$ mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1 <- change this to match your SD card and FAT32 partition $ mkfs.ext4 -O ^has_journal /dev/sda2 <- change this to match your SD card and ext4 partition
-O ^has_journal option disables journaling on ext4 partition. It'll extend the life of your drive (usually Flash drives).
Preparing target rootfs directory
$ mkdir -p ~/rootfs # mount /dev/sda2 ~/rootfs/ # mkdir -p ~/rootfs/boot # mount /dev/sda1 ~/rootfs/boot
Unpack the rootfs into the target rootfs directory and sync to make sure files are written to storage:
# tar xvfJp void-cubieboard2-rootfs-latest.tar.xz -C ~/rootfs # sync
Do not forget to unpack the rootfs as root and with the
-pflag to set appropiate permissions.
/boot partition must also be added to
# echo '/dev/mmcblk0p1 /boot vfat defaults 0 2' >> ~/rootfs/etc/fstab
Flashing the u-boot bootloader
# dd if=~/rootfs/boot/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8 # sync
Umount the SD card filesystems from target rootfs directory.
Insert the SD card and test the Cubieboard2 boots correctly, the
root password is
At the very least this is the list of required packages:
$ xbps-install -Sy xorg-minimal xf86-video-fbturbo-sunxi
To install all X client applications:
$ xbps-install -Sy xorg-apps
To install all X font packages:
$ xbps-install -Sy xorg-fonts
As final step make sure the user running X is part of the groups audio and video.
How to enable the serial console
First make sure that
ttyS0 is listet within
/etc/securetty. Then mount the rootfs and add the service:
# mkdir ~/rootfs # mount /dev/sdX2 ~/rootfs # ln -s /etc/sv/agetty-ttyS0 ~/rootfs/etc/runit/runsvdir/default # umount ~/rootfs
Now you should have a console on the serial port.