Saturday, September 10, 2016

How to install Debian on Gaia Embedded - 700/1400 (not 1200R (ok and not 600/1100*))

UPDATE: Turns out this doesn't work on the 600/1100 (wah waaaah). Need some more testing (Yeah, I totally tested this on a 600/1100 before posting) to see if i can work around libc issue.

I recently... well maybe not that recently.. spent a few months working on building cross compilers that matched up %100 to a given Checkpoint Gaia Embedded system. Meaning, same libc (glibc 2.5, what a pain!), compiler version (based on glibc output) and kernel heads version.

I thought this was needed so that everything would be compatible. Well, turns out I made things way harder then it should have been. I recently found out that glibc is basically backwards compatible. There may be edge cases where things don't end up right, but for the most part, it seems pretty darn backwards compatible.

So that got me thinking. I started downloading .deb files and extracting them on my 750 and pretty much everything worked. Granted there was a lot of tracing library dependencies. So knowing that all worked I switched gears. I bought a 32 gig microsd card and installed it. I did format it to ext4 since vfat isn't a linux friendly file system. Side note: of course 7xx doesn't have the mkfs.ext4. Sigh... I'll have to map out all the needed libraries for that and point out the download links.

So the next idea was, can we just install debian on the 750 in a chroot environment? It turns out, yeah. I used the Debootstrap to create the chroot. It took a little while as it needs perl and wget and a few other things. The default wget on Gaia Embedded doesn't support https so just to be safe I pulled wget down also.

Before continuing, this is not supported by anyone. I would only do this on a test box, and not on a production firewall.

Basically I downloaded all these utilities on a spare Linux box in our Miami office:


I put them on a linux box and extracted them using this... somewhat nasty process:

for x in `ls *.deb` ; do ar xv $x ; tar -zxvf data.tar.gz ; tar -Jxvf data.tar.xz ; done

What I'm doing is expanding the .deb archive, which contains 3 or more files. The binaries are in a file called data.tar.gz (gziped) or data.tar.xz (lzma). I would have done this on Checkpoint Gaia Embedded but it doesn't include anything uncompress lzma. Kind of a brute force method to extract everything, but it worked. After that the raw files are ready to install on your Checkpoint firewall.

Next I just moved the files over to the Maimi Checkpoint firewall, so now I have this:

[Expert@FWCKP750]# ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Sep 10 10:49 bin
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Sep 10 10:13 etc
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Sep 10 09:40 lib
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Sep 10 09:33 sbin
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Sep 10 09:47 usr
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Sep 10 09:33 var
[Expert@FWCKP750]# pwd

Debootstrap is really just a shell script so once you have everything you can just run it. You also don't have to run it in Miami, I won't tell anyone if you do.

I did make a small script to setup library and path so the debootstrap files are used first. The last item was to tell debootstrap where its shell include files were.

I put this in

[Expert@FWCKP750]# pwd

[Expert@FWCKP750]# cat
declare -x DEBOOTSTRAP_DIR="/mnt/sd/debian/cnf/bootstrap/usr/share/debootstrap/"
declare -x LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/mnt/sd/debian/cnf/bootstrap/usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf:/mnt/sd/debian/bootstrap/usr/lib:/mnt/sd/debian/bootstrap/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf:/mnt/sd/debian/bootstrap/lib:.:/pfrm2.0/lib:/pfrm2.0/lib/iptables:"
declare -x PATH="/mnt/sd/cnf/debian/bootstrap/usr/bin:/mnt/sd/debian/bootstrap/usr/sbin:/mnt/sd/debian/bootstrap/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/pfrm2.0/bin:/pfrm2.0/bin/cli:/pfrm2.0/bin/cli/provisioning:.:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/opt/fw1/bin"

This will suck in those settings for this login session on the Miami Checkpoint firewall.


That should be about all that is needed to run debootstrap. Next, just make the dir you want to install the OS into and run debootstrap.

mkdir /mnt/sd/stable-chroot

Then fire off debootstrap.

debootstrap --arch arghf stable /mnt/sd/stable-chroot

With luck and about 15 min you'll have a fully installed OS. We'll need a few little tweaks to wrap this up.

We need to mount proc and sysfs inside the chroot.

I added these statements to my userScript to handle this at bootup (yes the Miami Checkpoint firewall):

[Expert@FWCKP750]# ls -l userScript
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 120 Sep 10 12:01 userScript
[Expert@FWCKP750]# cat userScript
mount /dev/mmcblk1 /mnt/sd
mount proc /mnt/sd/stable-chroot/proc -t proc
mount sysfs /mnt/sd/stable-chroot/sys -t sysfs

You can just run those mount commands by hand also if you want. The mount /mnt/sd isn't
needed if the system is already up and running as it should auto mount. However,
the auto mount happens after userScript. Adding the mount to userScript is the workaround.

Now you're ready to jump in. Here I login to the chroot and then show python version
and perl version install.

[Expert@FWCKP750]# chroot /mnt/sd/stable-chroot bash -l
root@FWCKP750:/# echo $PATH /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin root@FWCKP750:/# cat /etc/debian_version 8.5
root@FWCKP750:/# python3 -V Python 3.4.2
root@FWCKP750:/# perl -v This is perl 5, version 20, subversion 2 (v5.20.2) built for arm-linux-gnueabihf-thread-multi-64int (with 81 registered patches, see perl -V for more detail) Copyright 1987-2015, Larry Wall Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License or the GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 source kit. Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on this system using "man perl" or "perldoc perl". If you have access to the Internet, point your browser at, the Perl Home Page. root@FWCKP750:/#

The install is about 500meg. Fits just great on a 32gig sd card, but is way too big without it.

I should point out things will work just fine inside the chroot. Once you logout, some things
will work outside of the chroot (/mnt/sd/stable-chroot/usr/bin/lsof for example), others you
may need to create a shell script to add library search and path statements, or in the case of
perl and python, do something to tell it where the modules are located.

I hope I didn't loose you at inside the chroot and outside the chroot. Chroot is a linux command that CHanges the ROOT dir.

So outside the chroot means the dir structure would look like this for example:

inside the chroot it would look like this.

Here is an example:
First I login to the chroot (now I'm inside)
[Expert@FWCKP750]# chroot /mnt/sd/stable-chroot bash -l
I create a file called TestFile
root@FWCKP750:/# touch TestFile
Notice how i'm in /
root@FWCKP750:/# pwd
And we see the TestFile
root@FWCKP750:/# ls
TestFile boot etc lib mnt proc run srv tmp var
bin dev home media opt root sbin sys usr
root@FWCKP750:/# exit
Now I logout. Notice out the directory changes? I'm now outside the chroot.
[Expert@FWCKP750]# pwd
[Expert@FWCKP750]# ls
TestFile dev lib opt run sys var
bin etc media proc sbin tmp
boot home mnt root srv usr
Hope that clears things up!

One interesting thing I noticed was the default ip utilties package on gaia embedded says
it doesn't support netns (Network Name Space (think VSX)), but using the Debian ip utility I was able to create a netns name. I haven't looked into this any further.

I'll have to run through the whole process again to make sure I documented it correctly.

Wait what? You would like a tar file of the debootstrap dir?

ok ok ok. Here you go.

debootstrap - 600 / 1100 / 700 / 1400

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