How to build OpenBIOS on Mac OS X

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Apple's GCC on Mac OS X does not support the elf binary format. So compiling OpenBIOS on Mac OS X is not easy. Thankfully someone has already made a PowerPC cross compiler for Mac OS X that can compile OpenBIOS. Note: this tutorial was made with Mac OS 10.6. I suggest you use Mac OS 10.5 or higher when trying to build OpenBIOS.

Part 1: Installing the cross compiler on Mac OS X

1). Download the AWOS cross compiler:

2) Expand this bz2 file by double clicking on it.

3) Rename the file AWOS-CC to AWOS-CC.img.

4) Open the image file.

5) Open the "AWOS Cross-Compiler for OS X" file on the newly mounted disk.

6) Select the "PowerPC Support" and the "i386 Support" check boxes when given the option.

7) Continue with the installation until it is finished.

8) Add the new compiler's folder to the PATH variable. This is the command you use if you are in the Bash shell: export PATH=:/usr/local/ppcelfgcc/bin.

Note: the above step will probably need to be repeated with each new session of the shell you start. It can be made permanent by altering the .bashrc file for the Bash shell. Check your shell's documentation for more information.

This should conclude installing the compiler.

Part 2: Building OpenBIOS from source code

1) Open the Terminal application.

2) Change the current directory to the inside of the openbios-devel folder.

3) Open the file and add a # in front of this text "CFLAGS+= -Werror". Save the changes when done.

4) Type this command in the terminal and watch the show:

./config/scripts/switch-arch cross-pcc && make build-verbose

To test out your newly created binary in qemu, use the -bios option:
qemu-system-ppc -bios <path to binary>/openbios-qemu.elf.nostrip

This tutorial was made using information available on 12/21/2017. If you encounter any problems, please report it to the openbios developer list: