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Running FreeBSD on NanoPI NEO or OrangePI Zero

This article describes how I installed FreeBSD on two different Allwinner based SoC’s.

Background

Recently I bought a NanoPi NEO and a OrangePi Zero from ebay just for fun, HOPING that FreeBSD would run nicely on them. But at first glance things arent that easy. There is no official images for example. But on the other hand there is a image building tool available at FreeBSD’s official github. This article will describe how I got FreeBSD running on these neat ARM computers. Happily this workflow works for both the Neo and the Zero.

Building the image

We need a u-boot image for the NanoPi. In the ports tree there is a lot of diffenret images but not for the nanopi, so what I did was simply to make a copy of the orange-pi-one port and edited it. I basically created my own local port for the NanoPI u-boot. This is what I did:

$ git diff origin/master u-boot-nanopi-neo/Makefile
diff --git a/sysutils/u-boot-nanopi-neo/Makefile b/sysutils/u-boot-nanopi-neo/Makefile
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..552ba8c1c79f
--- /dev/null
+++ b/sysutils/u-boot-nanopi-neo/Makefile
@@ -0,0 +1,10 @@
+# $FreeBSD: head/sysutils/u-boot-orangepi-one/Makefile 431327 2017-01-12 22:49:08Z imp $
+
+MAINTAINER=    imp@FreeBSD.org
+MASTERDIR=     ${.CURDIR}/../u-boot-master
+
+MODEL=         nanopi-neo
+BOARD_CONFIG=  nanopi_neo_defconfig
+FAMILY=                allwinner
+
+.include "${MASTERDIR}/Makefile"

Amazingly this port compiled and installed without any problems.

Then I fetched the build tool “crochet” from github and created a branch for my changes

$ git clone https://github.com/freebsd/crochet.git
Cloning into 'crochet'...
remote: Counting objects: 5124, done.
remote: Total 5124 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 5124
Receiving objects: 100% (5124/5124), 8.13 MiB | 2.06 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (2643/2643), done.
$ cd crochet
$ git branch nanopi
$ git checkout nanopi 
Switched to branch 'nanopi'                                                                                                        

To define the NanoPI NEO board I was heavily inspired by the work of Jared McNeill. I basically copied his board definitions with a few changes to suit my setup. Here is the end result:

$ git diff origin/master
diff --git a/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/boot/loader.conf b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/boot/loader.conf
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..9c0640f
--- /dev/null
+++ b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/boot/loader.conf
@@ -0,0 +1,3 @@
+# Hack to get loader to find dtb.
+nanopi-neo.dtb_type="dtb"
+nanopi-neo.dtb_load="YES"
diff --git a/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/fstab b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/fstab
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..65563ce
--- /dev/null
+++ b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/fstab
@@ -0,0 +1,4 @@
+/dev/mmcsd0s1  /boot/msdos     msdosfs rw,noatime      0 0
+/dev/mmcsd0s2a /               ufs rw,noatime          1 1
+md             /var/log        mfs rw,noatime,-s15m    0 0
+md             /var/tmp        mfs rw,noatime,-s12m    0 0
diff --git a/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/rc.conf b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/rc.conf
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..b1ee7a6
--- /dev/null
+++ b/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay/etc/rc.conf
@@ -0,0 +1,14 @@
+hostname="nanopi-neo"
+ifconfig_awg0="DHCP"
+sshd_enable="YES"
+
+# Nice if you have a network, else annoying.
+ntpd_enable="YES"
+ntpd_sync_on_start="YES"
+
+sendmail_submit_enable="NO"
+sendmail_outbound_enable="NO"
+sendmail_msp_queue_enable="NO"
+
+# CPU frequency scaling
+powerd_enable="YES"
diff --git a/board/NanoPi-NEO/setup.sh b/board/NanoPi-NEO/setup.sh
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..b93c728
--- /dev/null
+++ b/board/NanoPi-NEO/setup.sh
@@ -0,0 +1,34 @@
+KERNCONF=GENERIC
+UBLDR_LOADADDR=0x42000000
+SUNXI_UBOOT="u-boot-nanopi-neo"
+SUNXI_UBOOT_BIN="u-boot.img"
+IMAGE_SIZE=$((1000 * 1000 * 1000))
+TARGET_ARCH=armv6
+
+UBOOT_PATH="/usr/local/share/u-boot/${SUNXI_UBOOT}"
+
+allwinner_partition_image ( ) {
+    echo "Installing U-Boot files"
+    dd if=${UBOOT_PATH}/u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin conv=sync of=/dev/${DISK_MD} bs=1024 seek=8
+    dd if=${UBOOT_PATH}/u-boot.img conv=notrunc,sync of=/dev/${DISK_MD} \
+       bs=1024 seek=40
+    disk_partition_mbr
+    disk_fat_create 32m 16 1m
+    disk_ufs_create
+}
+strategy_add $PHASE_PARTITION_LWW allwinner_partition_image
+
+allwinner_check_uboot ( ) {
+    uboot_port_test ${SUNXI_UBOOT} ${SUNXI_UBOOT_BIN}
+}
+strategy_add $PHASE_CHECK allwinner_check_uboot
+
+strategy_add $PHASE_BUILD_OTHER freebsd_ubldr_build UBLDR_LOADADDR=${UBLDR_LOADADDR}
+strategy_add $PHASE_BOOT_INSTALL freebsd_ubldr_copy_ubldr .
+
+# Put the kernel on the FreeBSD UFS partition.
+strategy_add $PHASE_FREEBSD_BOARD_INSTALL board_default_installkernel .
+# overlay/etc/fstab mounts the FAT partition at /boot/msdos
+strategy_add $PHASE_FREEBSD_BOARD_INSTALL mkdir -p boot/msdos
+# ubldr help and config files go on the UFS partition (after boot dir exists)
+strategy_add $PHASE_FREEBSD_BOARD_INSTALL freebsd_ubldr_copy boot
diff --git a/nanopi_config.sh b/nanopi_config.sh
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..acedcf7
--- /dev/null
+++ b/nanopi_config.sh
@@ -0,0 +1,9 @@
+board_setup NanoPi-NEO
+option ImageSize 3900mb # for 4 Gigabyte card
+
+option Growfs
+option Email peter@framkant.org
+option CompressImage
+option User peter
+
+FREEBSD_SRC=/usr/src12

The few things I needed to change from Jared’s board definition was the few ugly lines in loader.conf and also I added conv=sync to the first dd in setup.sh because FreeBSD gave an error otherwise. If someone knows why I need the two lines in loader.conf please tell me.

Support for these boards are added piece by piece in the HEAD branch of FreeBSD. So I checked out a specific source tree with “HEAD” or basically FreeBSD 12-CURRENT.

$ svn co https://svn0.us-west.freebsd.org/base/head /usr/src12
[..]

After this I was ready to build the Image:

$ ./crochet.sh -c nanopi_config.sh
Starting at Sat Jul 1 11:40:10 CEST 2017
Loading configuration from nanopi_config.sh
Board: NanoPi-NEO
Option: ImageSize 3900mb
Option: Growfs
Option: Email peter@framkant.org
Option: CompressImage
Option: User peter
Source version is: 320481
Building FreeBSD version: 12.0
Image name is:
    /usr/local/crochet/work/FreeBSD-armv6-12.0-GENERIC-320481.img
Building FreeBSD version: 12.0
Object files are at: /usr/local/crochet/work/obj/arm.armv6/usr/src12
Found suitable FreeBSD source tree in:
    /usr/src12
Found U-Boot port in:
    /usr/local/share/u-boot/u-boot-nanopi-neo
Building FreeBSD armv6 world at Sat Jul 1 11:40:13 CEST 2017
    (Logging to /usr/local/crochet/work/_.buildworld.armv6.log)
Building FreeBSD armv6-GENERIC kernel at Sat Jul 1 13:04:58 CEST 2017
    (Logging to /usr/local/crochet/work/_.buildkernel.armv6-GENERIC.log)
Building FreeBSD armv6-GENERIC ubldr at Sat Jul 1 13:10:54 CEST 2017
    (Logging to /usr/local/crochet/work/ubldr-armv6-GENERIC/_.ubldr.armv6-GENERIC.build.log)
Creating a 3900MB raw disk image in:
    /usr/local/crochet/work/FreeBSD-armv6-12.0-GENERIC-320481.img
Installing U-Boot files
Installing U-Boot files
417+1 records in
418+0 records out
428032 bytes transferred in 3.867684 secs (110669 bytes/sec)
385+1 records in
386+0 records out
395264 bytes transferred in 3.055042 secs (129381 bytes/sec)
Partitioning the raw disk image with MBR at Sat Jul 1 13:43:51 CEST 2017
gpart create -s MBR md13
md13 created
Creating a 32m FAT partition at Sat Jul 1 13:43:51 CEST 2017 with start block 1m and label BOOT
active set on md13s1
Creating an auto-sized UFS partition at Sat Jul 1 13:43:52 CEST 2017
md13s2 created
/dev/md13s2a: 3685.4MB (7547776 sectors) block size 32768, fragment size 4096
        using 6 cylinder groups of 626.09MB, 20035 blks, 80256 inodes.
super-block backups (for fsck_ffs -b #) at:
 192, 1282432, 2564672, 3846912, 5129152, 6411392
tunefs: soft updates set
Using inode 4 in cg 0 for 4194304 byte journal
tunefs: soft updates journaling set
tunefs: NFSv4 ACLs set
Mounting all file systems:
Mounting FAT partition 1 at /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.boot
Mounting UFS partition 1 at /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.freebsd
Installing ubldr in /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.boot
Installing FreeBSD world at Sat Jul 1 13:43:55 CEST 2017
    Destination: /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.freebsd
Overlaying board-specific files from /usr/local/crochet/board/NanoPi-NEO/overlay
1 block
Installing FreeBSD kernel at Sat Jul 1 13:51:34 CEST 2017
    Destination: /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.freebsd
Installing all ubldr files in boot
1394 blocks
Adding user peter with password peter
Unmounting /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.boot
Unmounting /usr/local/crochet/work/_.mount.freebsd
Releasing md13
Compressing image
DONE.
Completed disk image is in: /usr/local/crochet/work/FreeBSD-armv6-12.0-GENERIC-320481.img

Copy to a suitable memory card using a command such as:
dd if=/usr/local/crochet/work/FreeBSD-armv6-12.0-GENERIC-320481.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1m
(Replace /dev/da0 with the appropriate path for your card reader.)

Finished at Sat Jul 1 13:59:39 CEST 2017

Writing to SD card

After this there was a simple task of writing the image file to a SD card left:

$ ssh torus 'cat /usr/local/crochet/work/FreeBSD-armv6-12.0-GENERIC-320481.img.xz' | unxz | sudo dd of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=1m
0+408362 records in
0+408362 records out
3899999744 bytes transferred in 36.899393 secs (105692788 bytes/sec)

Booting the NanoPI

After writing the image to SD I just inserted the card, network and power to my NanoPI and after a while I got this in the logs of my router:

Jul  1 19:05:02 gw dhcpd: DHCPDISCOVER from 02:81:14:26:0a:0e via bridge0
Jul  1 19:05:03 gw dhcpd: DHCPOFFER on 172.25.0.182 to 02:81:14:26:0a:0e (nanopi-neo) via bridge0
Jul  1 19:05:05 gw dhcpd: Wrote 0 deleted host decls to leases file.
Jul  1 19:05:05 gw dhcpd: Wrote 0 new dynamic host decls to leases file.
Jul  1 19:05:05 gw dhcpd: Wrote 36 leases to leases file.
Jul  1 19:05:05 gw dhcpd: DHCPREQUEST for 172.25.0.182 (172.25.0.1) from 02:81:14:26:0a:0e (nanopi-neo) via bridge0
Jul  1 19:05:05 gw dhcpd: DHCPACK on 172.25.0.182 to 02:81:14:26:0a:0e (nanopi-neo) via bridge0

Now it was a simple task to log in to the device using peter/peter:

$ ssh 172.25.0.182
Password for peter@nanopi:
Last login: Sat Jul  1 17:16:05 2017 from lune.pean.org
FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT (GENERIC) #0 r320481: Sat Jul  1 13:10:46 CEST 2017

Welcome to FreeBSD!
[..]

Boot messages

$ dmesg 
KDB: debugger backends: ddb
KDB: current backend: ddb
Copyright (c) 1992-2017 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
	The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 r320481: Sat Jul  1 13:10:46 CEST 2017
    peter@torus.pean.org:/usr/local/crochet/work/obj/arm.armv6/usr/src12/sys/GENERIC arm
FreeBSD clang version 4.0.0 (tags/RELEASE_400/final 297347) (based on LLVM 4.0.0)
WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
VT: init without driver.
CPU: ARM Cortex-A7 r0p5 (ECO: 0x00000000)
CPU Features: 
  Multiprocessing, Thumb2, Security, Virtualization, Generic Timer, VMSAv7,
  PXN, LPAE, Coherent Walk
Optional instructions: 
  SDIV/UDIV, UMULL, SMULL, SIMD(ext)
LoUU:2 LoC:3 LoUIS:2 
Cache level 1:
 32KB/64B 4-way data cache WB Read-Alloc Write-Alloc
 32KB/32B 2-way instruction cache Read-Alloc
Cache level 2:
 512KB/64B 8-way unified cache WB Read-Alloc Write-Alloc
real memory  = 536870912 (512 MB)
avail memory = 507977728 (484 MB)
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 4 CPUs
arc4random: no preloaded entropy cache
random: entropy device external interface
kbd0 at kbdmux0
ofwbus0: 
aw_ccu0:  on ofwbus0
clk_fixed0:  on aw_ccu0
clk_fixed1:  on aw_ccu0
clk_fixed2:  on aw_ccu0
aw_gate0:  mem 0x1f01428-0x1f0142b on aw_ccu0
aw_modclk0:  mem 0x1f01454-0x1f01457 on aw_ccu0
simplebus0:  on ofwbus0
aw_ccung0:  mem 0x1c20000-0x1c203ff on simplebus0
aw_reset0:  mem 0x1f014b0-0x1f014b3 on simplebus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
regfix0:  on ofwbus0
regfix1:  on ofwbus0
regfix2:  on ofwbus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
aw_sid0:  mem 0x1c14000-0x1c143ff on simplebus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
awusbphy0:  mem 0x1c19400-0x1c1942b,0x1c1a800-0x1c1a803,0x1c1b800-0x1c1b803,0x1c1c800-0x1c1c803,0x1c1d800-0x1c1d803 on simplebus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
gic0:  mem 0x1c81000-0x1c81fff,0x1c82000-0x1c83fff,0x1c84000-0x1c85fff,0x1c86000-0x1c87fff irq 30 on simplebus0
gic0: pn 0x1, arch 0x2, rev 0x1, implementer 0x43b irqs 160
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
gpio0:  mem 0x1c20800-0x1c20bff irq 14,15 on simplebus0
gpiobus0:  on gpio0
gpio1:  mem 0x1f02c00-0x1f02fff irq 34 on simplebus0
gpiobus1:  on gpio1
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
gpioregulator0:  on ofwbus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
generic_timer0:  irq 0,1,2,3 on ofwbus0
Timecounter "ARM MPCore Timecounter" frequency 24000000 Hz quality 1000
Event timer "ARM MPCore Eventtimer" frequency 24000000 Hz quality 1000
rtc0:  mem 0x1f00000-0x1f00053 irq 31,32 on simplebus0
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
cpulist0:  on ofwbus0
cpu0:  on cpulist0
cpufreq_dt0:  on cpu0
cpu1:  on cpulist0
cpu2:  on cpulist0
cpu3:  on cpulist0
a31dmac0:  mem 0x1c02000-0x1c02fff irq 4 on simplebus0
a10_mmc0:  mem 0x1c0f000-0x1c0ffff irq 5 on simplebus0
mmc0: <MMC/SD bus> on a10_mmc0
ehci0:  mem 0x1c1d000-0x1c1d0ff irq 12 on simplebus0
usbus0: EHCI version 1.0
usbus0 on ehci0
ohci0:  mem 0x1c1d400-0x1c1d4ff irq 13 on simplebus0
usbus1 on ohci0
gpioc0:  on gpio0
aw_wdog0:  mem 0x1c20ca0-0x1c20cbf irq 20 on simplebus0
uart0:  mem 0x1c28000-0x1c283ff irq 23 on simplebus0
uart0: console (115384,n,8,1)
gpioc1:  on gpio1
awg0:  mem 0x1c30000-0x1c30103,0x1c00030-0x1c00033 irq 35 on simplebus0
miibus0:  on awg0
ukphy0:  PHY 0 on miibus0
ukphy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto, auto-flow
ukphy1:  PHY 1 on miibus0
ukphy1:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto, auto-flow
awg0: Ethernet address: 02:81:14:26:0a:0e
iichb0:  mem 0x1f02400-0x1f027ff irq 36 on simplebus0
iichb0: could not find clock
device_attach: iichb0 attach returned 2
aw_thermal0:  mem 0x1c25000-0x1c253ff irq 37 on simplebus0
gpioled0:  on ofwbus0
cryptosoft0: 
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
usbus0: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
usbus1: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
ugen0.1:  at usbus0
uhub0:  on usbus0
ugen1.1:  at usbus1
uhub1:  on usbus1
mmcsd0: 16GB  at mmc0 50.0MHz/4bit/65535-block
Release APs
WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
arc4random: no preloaded entropy cache
Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/mmcsd0s2a [rw,noatime]...
arc4random: no preloaded entropy cache
uhub1: 1 port with 1 removable, self powered
arc4random: no preloaded entropy cache
uhub0: 1 port with 1 removable, self powered
GEOM_PART: mmcsd0s2 was automatically resized.
  Use `gpart commit mmcsd0s2` to save changes or `gpart undo mmcsd0s2` to revert them.
lock order reversal:
 1st 0xcd331e88 bufwait (bufwait) @ /usr/src12/sys/kern/vfs_bio.c:3539
 2nd 0xc3470000 dirhash (dirhash) @ /usr/src12/sys/ufs/ufs/ufs_dirhash.c:281
stack backtrace:
lock order reversal:
 1st 0xc345d5d4 ufs (ufs) @ /usr/src12/sys/kern/vfs_subr.c:2602
 2nd 0xcd331e88 bufwait (bufwait) @ /usr/src12/sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_vnops.c:280
 3rd 0xc345c934 ufs (ufs) @ /usr/src12/sys/kern/vfs_subr.c:2602
stack backtrace:
random: unblocking device.
awg0: link state changed to DOWN
awg0: link state changed to UP

For now I have only tested that the machine boots with network and the serial console. During my research I found alot of post about problems with USB for example.

NanoPI NEO
NanoPI NEO
OrangePi Zero
OrangePi Zero