The latest OpenEmbedded distribution (July 2008) ships with a very outdated *bb file for GDAL (1.3.2). The usual approach of simply re-naming the file to a more up-to-date version will fail as GDAL's compilation process has been standardized to the common compilation rules. Thus all the workarounds of the old *bb file are finally void.

For a very minimalistic compilation of GDAL for mobile devices you can use this *bb file (

DESCRIPTION = "GDAL is a translator library for raster geospatial data formats"
DEPENDS = "zlib"

SRC_URI = "${P}.tar.gz"

inherit autotools pkgconfig binconfig


EXTRA_OECONF = "--without-perl \
                --without-python \
                --without-php \
                --without-ruby \
                --without-curl \
                --with-libz=internal \
                --with-png=internal \
                --with-jpeg=internal \
                --with-libtiff=internal \
                --without-expat \
FILES_${PN} = "\
${bindir}/ \
${libdir}/ \
${datadir}/ \

do_stage() {

The file has to go into "./". To compile GDAL you do a

bitbake gdal

in your local build path.

The very same *bb file has been reported as fix to the OpenEmbedded bug tracking system. However bug processing is slow for OpenEmbedded and geo-spatial toolkits aren't on the top priority list. Thus best practice is to check first if the changes are applied already.

Last modified 10 years ago Last modified on Jul 19, 2008 2:28:48 PM