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TomTom is a manufacturer of Linux based car navigation devices. The OpenTom project has a lot of information on how to hack the TomTom devices. Fortunately, TomTom itself was quite helpful, and they published all patches including the build toolchain on their home page.
We are working on creating a MPD package for the TomTom. pympdtouchgui might be a good client.
This page desribes work-in-progress. It might be helpful to give you a clue where to start.
Porting MPD Edit
I recommend that you use "stow" to manage the following packages on your build host.
The toolchain is accessible in /usr/local/cross/gcc-3.3.4_glibc-2.3.2 in this example, and the cross-compiled libraries are installed in /usr/local/arm-linux.
The toolchain Edit
First, install the toolchain: download the tarball, and unpack it in /usr/local/stow/arm-toolchain. "stow" it. Add /usr/local/cross/gcc-3.3.4_glibc-2.3.2/bin to your PATH. This is a patched gcc. You can try to build your own toolchain, but getting the floating point support right is difficult.
Building libraries Edit
CC=arm-linux-gcc ./configure --prefix=/usr make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/arm-zlib/arm-linux
CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/arm-linux/include" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/arm-linux/lib" \ ./configure --prefix=/usr --host=arm-linux --disable-shared make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/arm-libid3tag/arm-linux
Build libmad. Delete the lines containing "-fforce-mem" from configure, they will break the build.
CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/arm-linux/include" LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/arm-linux/lib" \ ./configure --prefix=/usr --host=arm-linux --disable-shared --enable-fpm=arm make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/arm-libmad/arm-linux
Build GLib. This requires some hacks, because GLib doesn't allow cross-compilation out-of-the-box:
echo glib_cv_stack_grows=no >arm.cache echo glib_cv_long_long_format=I64 >>arm.cache echo glib_cv_uscore=no >>arm.cache echo ac_cv_func_posix_getpwuid_r=yes >>arm.cache echo ac_cv_func_posix_getgrgid_r=yes >>arm.cache echo glib_cv_use_pid_surrogate=no >>arm.cache ./configure --prefix=/usr --host=arm-linux --disable-shared \ --disable-selinux --disable-fam --disable-xattr --cache-file=arm.cache make install prefix=/usr/local/stow/arm-glib/arm-linux
Building MPD Edit
Finally, build MPD (from git):
./configure --prefix=/mnt/sdcard/mpd --host=arm-linux --enable-werror --enable-debug \ --enable-un --disable-tcp --enable-oss \ --disable-flac --disable-oggflac --disable-audiofile --disable-wavpack \ --disable-ffmpeg \ --disable-lsr --with-zeroconf=no --disable-curl \ --disable-alsa --disable-jack --disable-id3tag --disable-oggvorbis --disable-lame \ --disable-pulse --disable-fifo --disable-shout-mp3 --disable-shout-ogg
This should create a static MPD binary, which you can copy to the TomTom.
Configuring MPD Edit
The following configuration file works:
music_directory /mnt/sdcard/mp3 playlist_directory /mnt/sdcard/mpd/playlists
db_file /mnt/sdcard/mpd/db log_file /mnt/sdcard/mpd/log state_file /mnt/sdcard/mpd/state_file audio_output_format "48000:16:2" mixer_type "software" bind_to_address /tmp/mpd.socket
If you don't specify a forced audio_output_format, the OSS kernel driver will fall back to 16 kHz output.
MPD is currently quite slow, but we will work on optimizing it. Unfortunately, TomTom's "ttn" application consumes a large chunk of memory and always consumes 70% CPU, even when it's not active.
Controlling MPD Edit
mpc is known to work on the TomTom, and it's quite easy to cross-compile it.
Porting pympdtouchgui Edit
Building Python Edit
Cross-compiling Python to ARM can be quite a challenge, but fortunately others have already struggled with this, and have created a solution. I was successful with these instructions. The patch is for Python 2.5, but this old version should be enough for us.
I used the following commands:
patch -p1 <../Python2.5_xcompile.patch ./configure && make python Parser/pgen mv python hostpython mv Parser/pgen Parser/hostpgen make distclean ./configure --prefix=/usr --host=arm-linux --disable-ipv6 make HOSTPYTHON=./hostpython HOSTPGEN=./Parser/hostpgen CROSS_COMPILE=yes make HOSTPYTHON=./hostpython HOSTPGEN=./Parser/hostpgen CROSS_COMPILE=yes install prefix=/usr/local/stow/arm-python/arm-linux