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Building the gator module

To get the full functionality of Streamline, you must build the gator driver, gator.ko, and place it in the target file system.

If you do not build the gator.ko driver, Streamline uses a user space only version of gatord which provides a subset of the functionality that it provides when supported by the gator.ko module. This requires Linux 3.4 or later. For more information, see the readme included in the gator directory.

DS-5™ provides the source code for gator.ko in an archive called gator-driver.tar.gz.


Assuming that you have extracted the archive and that you have all of the required tools for building kernel modules, you can build gator.ko either by using a build command or by integrating it into the kernel build system. The build command to use depends on whether you are building on a Linux host or a target. Use one of the following ways to build gator.ko:

  • On a Linux host, use the following build command:

    make -C <kernel_build_dir> M=`pwd` ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=${CROSS_TOOLS}/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf- modules


    You must remove the comment hashtag from the following line in the makefile of the gator module to enable kernel stack unwinding:

  • On a target, use the following build command:

    make -C <kernel_build_dir> M=`pwd`

  • To integrate gator.ko into the kernel build system, use the following instructions:

    cd <kernel_build_dir>
    cd drivers
    mkdir gator
    cp -r <path_to_gator_driver_src>/* gator

    Add the following line to the end of Makefile in the kernel drivers folder:

    obj-$(CONFIG_GATOR) += gator/

    Add the following line before the last endmenu in Kconfig in the kernel drivers folder:

    source "drivers/gator/Kconfig"

    This enables you to select and rebuild gator when using menuconfig to configure the kernel.

To add support for an ARM® Mali™-based processor, you must specify some additional options when building the gator module.

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