Quick Start Guide


The code in this project provides an Automated Build Framework which builds all the Clang/LLVM, the Linux kernel (with appropriate patches) and testing framework (where possible).

The testing framework (for supported targets) uses QEMU and LTP to run test cases. They are currently both built with GCC instead of LLVM unless Clang is the default system compiler.

This page only contains the bare minimum information and steps to get people started. More detailed information about this build system is also available.

Note: You will need at least 9GiB (~6GiB Kernel and ~3GiB Toolchain) free space to build one target. Add another 4GiB for each additional target.

Git the Code

The LLVMLinux code is in a git repo.

git clone http://git.linuxfoundation.org/llvmlinux.git

Installing Build Dependencies

There are a few things that this code base requires to have installed in order to build.

  • cmake (used to build llvm and clang)
  • git
  • kpartx (used to build the ltp test image)
  • patch
  • rsync
  • subversion (used to get llvm and clang)
  • zlib (used to build qemu)
  • gcc (used for compiling llvm, clang, qemu and ltp)
  • cross gcc (for cross compiling for a target)
  • flex


sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake git git-svn kpartx libglib2.0-dev patch quilt \
                     rsync subversion zlib1g-dev flex libfdt1 libfdt-dev \
                     libpixman-1-0 libpixman-1-dev 

If you are building this on a x86_64 machine, you may have to install the i386 libraries for the cross compiler:

sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386

Additionally if you want to build the LTP image from scratch on a Debian/Ubuntu system:

sudo apt-get install linaro-image-tools


sudo yum install cmake gcc git kpartx patch quilt rsync subversion zlib-devel \
     gcc-c++ git-svn


 sudo zypper install cmake gcc git kpartx patch quilt rsync subversion zlib-devel glibc-32bit

Arch Linux

For Arch Linux (i686 and x86_64) systems, the easiest way is to use AUR:

 building kernel with native (package repository) LLVM and clang:
 checking out and building both kernel and toolchain:

This should handle dependencies and patching automatically with minimal manual intervention while still giving the option to easily make custom configurations. By default, the standard Arch Linux .config and patches are applied.

It his highly recommended to _NOT_ use an AUR helper like "packer" or "yaourt", but to download the PKGBUILD and associated files and run "makepkg -s" in a dedicated directory. This package downloads a lot of source code and it would be a waste to have to repeat it every time the package is built.

Building the Code

The code is built for one of several targets which are found in the targets directory.

cd llvmlinux
ls targets
beaglebone galaxys3 i586 malta msm nexus7 rpi vexpress x86_64

For the remainder of this howto, we will arbitrarily build and test the vexpress (Versatile Express) target.

cd targets/vexpress

Next build llvm, clang, the linux (patched linux kernel) and qemu.


To test the newly built kernel in QEMU (vexpress is one of the supported targets to do so)

make test

Updating the Sources

To update and rebuild the sources for the target and its dependencies, run:

make sync-all

I Want More Information About This Build System

There is more detailed information available about all these topics around the build system as well as the steps to take to replicate this work manually.

There are also various target specific instructions available:

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