Best way of building for unknown architecture

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Kevin Chadwick Aug. 20, 2012, 4:27 p.m.
On Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:43:10 +0200
Thomas Petazzoni wrote:

> > 	Openembedded, T2 and NuttX seem to support arm7-m (cortex-m3)
> > 	but I like buildroot. Is the best way of building to use Little
> > 	endian generic and the GCC compiler or is it fairly easy to add
> > 	a new architecture variant that I could possibly send a diff
> > 	for later.  
> Adding a new target architecture variant just requires a few lines of
> code in target/ If you give some hints, I'm pretty sure
> someone will be kind enough to help you making the necessary changes.

This patch seems to add the --with-arch="armv7-m" and
--with-tune="cortex-m3" when cortex-m3 is selected. suggests that the following should
be added to build busybox

-mthumb -Wl,-elf2flt=-s -Wl,-elf2flt=16384

and I think

-mfloat-abi=soft might be a good idea for this cpu too

I have successfully built arm binaries with the inbuilt toolchain
manually using

-march=armv7-m -mtune=cortex-m3 -mthumb -mfloat-abi=soft

but the -Wl linker option flags fail and I am not sure how to add
-mthumb and -mfloat-abi=soft to buildroot though it does already have
--with-float=soft enabled?


--- target/	2012-08-15 11:11:48.000000000 +0100
+++ target/	2012-08-20 07:48:03.224810072 +0100
@@ -172,6 +172,8 @@ 
 	bool "arm1176jz-s"
 config BR2_arm1176jzf_s
 	bool "arm1176jzf-s"
+config BR2_cortex_m3
+	bool "cortex-m3"
 config BR2_cortex_a8
 	bool "cortex-A8"
 config BR2_cortex_a9
@@ -204,6 +206,7 @@ 
 	default ARM_SA1100	if BR2_sa1100
 	default ARM_XSCALE	if BR2_xscale
 	default ARM_IWMMXT	if BR2_iwmmxt
+	default ARM_CORTEXM3	if BR2_cortex_m3
 	default ARM_CORTEXA8	if BR2_cortex_a8
 	default ARM_CORTEXA9	if BR2_cortex_a9
@@ -734,6 +737,7 @@ 
 	default arm1136jf-s	if BR2_arm1136jf_s
 	default arm1176jz-s	if BR2_arm1176jz_s
 	default arm1176jzf-s	if BR2_arm1176jzf_s
+	default cortex-m3	if BR2_cortex_m3
 	default cortex-a8	if BR2_cortex_a8
 	default cortex-a9	if BR2_cortex_a9
 	default strongarm110	if BR2_sa110
@@ -841,6 +845,7 @@ 
 	default armv6j		if BR2_arm1136jf_s
 	default armv6zk		if BR2_arm1176jz_s
 	default armv6zk		if BR2_arm1176jzf_s
+	default armv7-m		if BR2_cortex_m3
 	default armv7-a		if BR2_cortex_a8
 	default armv7-a		if BR2_cortex_a9
 	default armv4		if BR2_sa110