Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of OpenWrt/Packages

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     3= OpenWrt Package management =
     4OpenWrt uses a package management system for installing/removing/updating packages.  The application used is 'opkg' and the package files have a '.ipk' extension.
     6= OpenWrt Package feeds =
     7The opkg application has a configuration file on the target at /etc/opkg.conf which is used to point to and describe various package feeds.  Often it is useful to add a package feed that points to your development host's OpenWrt bin directory with an HTTP server behind it.
     9For example, if your OpenWrt development host is at and on the same IP network as your target board you can install something like the 'lightthpd' HTTP server with the following at the end of its config file in /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf:
     12alias.url += (
     13  "/openwrt" => "/home/openwrt/gateworks/trunk/bin",
     17Your target board could have an opkg.conf file that looked like (for the laguna family which uses the cns3xxx architecture):
     19src/gz local
     20dest root /
     21dest ram /tmp
     22lists_dir ext /var/opkg-lists
     23option overlay_root /overlay
     26Now on your target board you could do things like:
     28opkg update
     29opkg install <mypackage>
     32For further reference:
     33 *
     34 *
     36== Troubleshooting ==
     38A common error to see is the following when doing opkg update.  The solution is to modify the opkg.conf file to point to the IP of your OpenWrt development host PC as described above.
     40root@OpenWrt:~# opkg update
     42wget: server returned error: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
     43Collected errors:
     44 * opkg_download: Failed to download, wget returned 1.
     47= Building OpenWrt packages =
     48For custom software applications you can create OpenWrt package feeds (which are directories of packages) by adding them to the feed config file in the OpenWrt 'trunk' directory feeds.conf.default.  The following would add a local package feed pointing to a directory on the same development host:
     50src-link local /home/openwrt/mypackages
     53Within the /home/openwrt/mypackages directory, you can have directories of packages, each having a Makefile describing the package (see  Now you can use the following to 'install' a package into the OpenWrt build system:
     55./scripts/feeds update local  ;# update the package feed named 'local' from its source
     56./scripts/feeds install <mypackage>  ;# install 'mypackage' into OpenWrt package directory (/packages/feeds/local)
     59Once your package has been 'installed' in the OpenWrt package directory (packages) you can use 'make menuconfig' to enable/disable the package to be built and/or installed on the root filesystem
     61For more reference:
     62 *
     63 *
     65= Compiling IPK Files =
     66[wiki:ipkupload See link here]