Error building i9515 kernel

My linux build machine died some days ago, and then I lost my working build environment.
Luckily I found this helpful post on XDA with a working VM out-of-the-box and then, after the usual repo sync… I found a strange error during kernel build

/bin/sh: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `('
/home/android/i9515/kernel/samsung/jf/scripts/ recipe for target 'scripts/mod/empty.o' failed

Changing the /bin/sh from /bin/dash to /bin/bash the error changes a little bit and shows some other infos

/bin/sh: -c: line 0: `set -e; echo ' CC scripts/mod/empty.o'; /home/android/i9515/kernel/samsung/jf/scripts/ /home/android/i9515/prebuilts/misc/linux-x86/ccache/ccache /home/android/i9515/prebuilts/gcc/linux-x86/arm/arm-eabi-4.9/bin/arm-eabi-gcc -Wp,-MD,scripts/mod/.empty.o.d -nostdinc -isystem ccache: FATAL: /home/android/i9515/prebuilts/gcc/linux-x86/arm/arm-eabi-4.9/bin/arm-eabi-gcc: execv returned (No such file or directory)

So…this is simple an error with my cross compiler configuration. Google team changes the compiler name from arm-eabi to arm-linux-androideabi, and so it’s very simple to fix.
This is the diff for the “” file

diff --git a/ b/
index 872bdc9..fe64f87 100644
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -43,8 +43,8 @@ BOARD_MKBOOTIMG_ARGS := --ramdisk_offset 0x02000000
TARGET_KERNEL_CONFIG := cyanogen_jfve_defconfig
TARGET_KERNEL_SOURCE := kernel/samsung/jf
-KERNEL_TOOLCHAIN := $(ANDROID_BUILD_TOP)/prebuilts/gcc/$(HOST_OS)-x86/arm/arm-eabi-4.9/bin
+KERNEL_TOOLCHAIN := $(ANDROID_BUILD_TOP)/prebuilts/gcc/$(HOST_OS)-x86/arm/arm-linux-androideabi-4.9/bin
+KERNEL_TOOLCHAIN_PREFIX := arm-linux-androideabi-

How to build cm13 on i9515 (Samsung s4 Value Edition) [UPDATED]

XDA user “sombree” has ported CM 13.0 on Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (i9515)

In order to build a working rom you need to add a local manifest with the right device configuration and kernel

mkdir .repo/local_manifests
vim .repo/local_manifests/roomservice.xml

Edit the file and add the following XML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <project name="jfvelte-dev/proprietary_vendor_samsung" path="vendor/samsung" remote="github" />
  <project name="CyanogenMod/android_device_qcom_common" path="device/qcom/common" remote="github" />
  <project name="CyanogenMod/android_device_samsung_qcom-common" path="device/samsung/qcom-common" remote="github" />
  <project name="jfvelte-dev/android_device_samsung_jfvelte" path="device/samsung/jfvelte" remote="github" />
  <project name="jfvelte-dev/android_device_samsung_jf-common" path="device/samsung/jf-common" remote="github" />
  <project name="jfvelte-dev/android_kernel_samsung_jf" path="kernel/samsung/jf" remote="github" />

Then do a simply

brunch jfvelte

Thanks to Sombree for the hints about roomservice.xml and for the porting, of course 🙂

Source: XDA Forum

Submit a changeset to Gerrit based on another user change

I’ve submited another change to CyanogenMod project that add the “Delete application” menu to the “Developer Option” advanced menu (link to gerrit)

An user has requested an edit to a file in order to change the string displayed in the setting application, and initially I’ve thought that the change was related to my submit (but after I realized that is another CM project…)

BTW the question is: “How to amend a commit that another user has previously changed with another changeset not in my working copy?” (…a little bit obscure….)

For example, the commit status on Gerrit is:

  • Patchset 1 : author Sarbyn
  • Patchset 2 : author Sarbyn
  • Patchset 3 : author Sarbyn
  • Patchset 4 : author XYZ

My working copy is on patchset 3 and I need to submit a change about patchset 4.


The steps are:

  • git stash
  • click on the checkout-link in Download on the right patch set and copy&paste the git command in your working copy
  • git stash pop
  • Edit the file
  • git commit –amend and keep the Change-Id the same

HOWTO – Debug an AOSP – CM java application

Just a little reminder for the future

Run DDMS and select the process that you want to debug (for example,

Now, in eclipse, you can attach to the emulator or device:

  1. Run > Open Debug Dialog…
  2. Right-click “Remote Java Application”, select “New”.
  3. Pick a name, i.e. “android-debug” or anything you like.
  4. Set the “Project” to your project name.
  5. Keep the Host set to “localhost”, but change Port to 8700.
  6. Click the “Debug” button and you should be all set.

Note that port 8700 is attached to whatever process is currently selected in the DDMS console, so you need to sure that DDMS has selected the process you want to debug

Fixed .classpath file for Motorola Jordan

I think that I am the last CyanogenMod Motorola Defy developer in the whole world. But if you plan to develop something for the old Motorola defy (aka jordan aka mb526) and your eclipse classpath is completely messed up, you can find a fixed “.classpath” in my GitHub repo. Simply download the “ide/eclipse/.classpath” file and put it in your project folder. It fixes all the FM Radio releated classes and libraries (fmradio, com.stericsson … etc etc): with this .classpath file you can use Eclipse in order to debug (on device) your mods.

Mission Accomplished

My first CyanogenMod new (little) feature is born. Today I’ve finished the “Development shortcut” project. It enables the wipe data and application force close option in the recent tasks list and in the notification area. These options will be available only if the Development mode is enabled.

device-2013-11-02-140109 device-2013-11-02-140037

The first version is only for Motorola defy mb525 and is available on my github repo. I do a pull request to Quarx2k in order to merge my mod in his “official” Motorola repo.

The next step is to merge it in the official CM dev branch and submit it to gerrit review. But the first CyanogenmMod 10.2 M build is coming (this weekend) with the code freeze phase. I have to be quick!