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5.5. Tool Installation

U-Boot uses a special image format when loading the Linux kernel or ramdisk or other images. This image contains (among other things) information about the time of creation, operating system, compression type, image type, image name and CRC32 checksums.

The tool mkimage is used to create such images or to display the information they contain. When using the ELDK, the mkimage command is already included with the other ELDK tools.

If you don't use the ELDK then you should install mkimage in some directory that is in your command search PATH, for instance:

$ cp tools/mkimage /usr/local/bin/

The Ubuntu distribution makes mkimage available as part of the u-boot-tools package, so all you would need to do under Ubuntu is:

$ apt-get install u-boot-tools
5.4.3. Installation using U-Boot 1. Abstract 5.6. Initialization
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