Cross-compiling for DroboFS: GNU Readline

Introduction: Why libreadline61?

It is a dependency for Lua.

Overall compiling complexity: Easy.

Step 1: Background info

To be able to make use of this post, you need a VM configured as indicated in this post.

Step 2: Enter the cross-compiling environment

See step 2 of this post to see instructions on how to enter the chroot environment.

Step 3: Dependencies

from ubuntu packages:
*ncurses [how to cross-compile]

Step 4: Get the source code

Readline’s website:
Version: 6.1
Direct link:

Make sure that you are in the folder /root/code, then type:

wget tar zxf readline-6.1.tar.gz cd readline-6.1

Step 5: Configuration

./configure --host=arm-none-linux-gnueabi --prefix=/usr/arm

Step 6: Compiling


Step 6: Installing

make install

And then follow step 8 of this post to get screen to your DroboFS.

And there you have it.

the steps are the same like the other threads. No special configuration or code patcing needed.

Step 5:

./configure --host=arm-none-linux-gnueabi --prefix=/usr/arm

Step 6


Should not return errors.

Step 7

make install


Haha thanks. I haven’t even started yet due to school work.
Glad to see another simple one.
Full speed ahead to Lua now!