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Navit on Nokia N810

This is a work in progress: I tried to build Navit svn for my Nokia n810 using the OpenEmbedded cross-compile environment, just like I did for my Ångström.
These notes were made during the process. It's sort of a howto.
Navit now fully works but there are a few things left to be 'optimised'. It is by no means perfect or complete but shows my progress at this time (february/march 2009) with the issues needing attention. Maybe, by the time you reed this, the issues I found are already fixed, or new ones popped up. Feedback is welcome.

The n810 is running OS2008.
My PC is running Fedora 10 on AMD x86_64.
I got a considerable amount of tips from gerritv from #navit on freenode while getting navit to work well on n810. Thanks!


First read the info from
Then set up the build environment along the info from with these differences:
Do get bitbake bitbake 1.8.12.
Do get the OE development branch:

 cd /OE 
 git clone git:// 
 git checkout -b origin/

See my build/conf/local.conf near the bottom of this page.

Edit and change:

 PREFERRED_VERSION_expat            = "1.95.7"


 PREFERRED_VERSION_expat            = "2.0.0"


 PREFERRED_VERSION_dbus             = "1.0.3"


 PREFERRED_VERSION_dbus             = "1.0.2"

Then edit the navit line in to say:

 SRCREV_pn-navit ?= "2580"

(or the svn number you want to build, see svn)

In you can remove the EXTRA_OECONF line.

My is near the bottom of this page. As you can see there, the build uses libosso and libhildon so the + and - on top of device should zoom in or out; also gps should start automatically when we link libgpsbt and libgpsmgr.
We build navit with gpsd-2.30 to get libgps15 which is deliverd by osso-gpsd-1.0 on the n810.

Next, go to the main dir of the build environment (/OE) and type:

 bitbake navit

The system will be busy for some time.
Drink some coffee...

When the bitbake build is ready, go to the chinook-compat-tmp/deploy/deb/armv6 directory to find your packages.

We edit control.tar.gz in the navit_*.deb to remove dependency info about libgobject-2.0-0, libgmodule-2.0-0 and libgthread-2.0-0 which are all on the system but dpkg doesn't know about.
Also we change the dependency for libgps17 into osso-gpsd.
So we get something like this control file:

 Package: navit
 Version: 0.1.0+svn2087-r1
 Description: Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine.
 Section: x11/applications
 Priority: optional
 Maintainer: OpenEmbedded Team <>
 Architecture: armel
 OE: navit
 Homepage: unknown
 Depends: libc6 (>= 2.5), libdbus-glib-1-2 (>= 0.74), libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.0.2), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.12.12), osso-gpsd (>= 1.0), libfreetype6 (>= 2.2.1), libfontconfig1 (>= 2.4.1), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.10.14), libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.18.0), libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.16.4), libcairo2 (>= 1.4.10), zlib1g (>= 1.2.3), libgcc1 (>= 3.4.4cs2005q3.2)
 Recommends: gpsd, speechd, flite

Reassemble a fresh deb using the info:

 vi control
 tar cvzpf conrol.tar.gz control
 ar -r navit_2087.deb debian-binary control.tar.gz data.tar.gz 

Install and configure this reassembled deb as described (see Configuration).
E.g. try the Internal GUI for a graphical menu, fullscreen map, OSD, POI, etc.
Specific tips for configuring navit for n8x0/n770 can be found here.


kernel patch

You might need this patch if you get an error during kernel compilation of 2.6.21 about PATH_MAX:

 diff -r 557a4a0a5eac scripts/mod/sumversion.c
 --- a/scripts/mod/sumversion.c	Fri May 30 19:08:50 2008 +0100
 +++ b/scripts/mod/sumversion.c	Mon Jun 02 19:47:43 2008 +0900
 @@ -8,6 +8,7 @@
  #include <errno.h>
  #include <string.h>
  #include "modpost.h"
 +#include <linux/limits.h>
   * Stolen form Cryptographic API.

gpsd patch

To build gpsd 2.30 you need this patch.

libgpsmgr patch

Currently compilation of libgpsmgr works on my system, with some patching:

 --- libgpsmgr-0.1/	2009-03-06 15:56:14.000000000 +0100
 +++ libgpsmgr-0.1/	2009-03-06 15:57:57.000000000 +0100
 @@ -1,6 +1,5 @@
 -AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(libgpsmgr, patsubst(esyscmd([dpkg-parsechangelog | sed -n '/^Version: \(.*\)$/ {s//\1/;p}']), [
 +AC_INIT([], [0.1])
 +AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([libgpsmgr], [0.1])
  AC_ARG_ENABLE(debug, [AC_HELP_STRING([--enable-debug],[Debug (default=no)])])

libgpsbt patch

Compilation of libgpsbt works on my system with:

 --- libgpsbt-0.1/	2009-03-06 15:59:11.000000000 +0100
 +++ libgpsbt-0.1/	2009-03-06 15:59:42.000000000 +0100
 @@ -1,6 +1,5 @@
 -AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(libgpsbt, patsubst(esyscmd([dpkg-parsechangelog | sed -n '/^Version: \(.*\)$/ {s//\1/;p}']), [
 +AC_INIT([], [0.1])
 +AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([libgpsbt], [0.1])
  AC_ARG_ENABLE(debug, [AC_HELP_STRING([--enable-debug],[Debug (default=no)])])

libgpsbt bug report

See the bug report about libgpsmgr and libgpsbt.

To do

The libgpsbt issue is the biggest problem to fix. Currently navit works but the workaround to get there is ugly. configure should detect the libgpsbt package automagically.
I need a little help here; perhaps the .pc file is the solution?

Misc stuff


Usefull reading: bitbake manual.

n810 gps



You might want to go to this site and fetch the meta-maemo git tree. In there you'll find a recipe for a more recent libhildon. Copy the bb file into the maemo4 package directory of and adjust the version number in chinook-compat.conf.
E.g. change:

 PREFERRED_VERSION_libhildon = "1.99.0"


 PREFERRED_VERSION_libhildon = "2.0.4"


In you could change

 FEED_ARCH_nokia800            = "armv5te"


 FEED_ARCH_nokia800             = "armv6"

if you're on Nokia n8x0.


For converting the svg's to png's you could install librsvg2 and use this fake ksvgtopng in e.g. /usr/local/bin which wraps rsvg:

 if [ x$4 != x ] ; then
 	rsvg -w $1 -h $2 $3 $4 $5

This wrapper has been obsoleted by svn 2088. Just add "--with-svg2png-use-rsvg-convert" to the configure options to use rsvg directly.




 # Where to store sources 
 DL_DIR = "/home/udo/downloads" 
 # Which files do we want to parse: 
 BBFILES := "/usr/src/OE/*/*.bb" 
 BBMASK = "" 
 # ccache always overfill $HOME.... 
 # What kind of images do we want? 
 IMAGE_FSTYPES = "jffs2 tar.gz " 
 # Set TMPDIR instead of defaulting it to $pwd/tmp 
 TMPDIR = "/usr/src/OE/${DISTRO}-tmp/" 
 # Make use of my SMP box 
 # Set the Distro 
 DISTRO = "chinook-compat" 
 MACHINE = "nokia800" 
 INHERIT += "insane"

 PV = "0.1.0+svn${SRCREV}"
 PR = "r1"
 S = "${WORKDIR}/navit"
 SRC_URI = "svn://;module=navit;proto=https \
 	  file://configurein3.patch;patch=1 \
 EXTRA_OECONF = "--disable-binding-python --disable-gui-sdl --disable-samplemap --enable-avoid-float --enable-avoid-unaligned --enable-gui-gtk --disable-postgresql \
 --disable-graphics-sdl --enable-svg2png-scaling-flag=32,48 --enable-svg2png-scaling-nav=8,16,32,48 --with-svg2png-use-rsvg-convert"
 DEPENDS = "gtk+ libglade libosso libhildon libgpsbt libgpsmgr"


Forcing the GPSBT stuff in with

 --- navit/	2009-03-04 16:20:40.000000000 +0100
 +++ navit/	2009-03-04 16:21:07.000000000 +0100
 @@ -105,7 +105,9 @@
  		], [
 +		AC_DEFINE(HAVE_GPSBT, 1, [Have the gpsbt library])
  	if test x"${enable_hildon}" = xyes ; then
  		AC_DEFINE(USE_HILDON, 1, [Build with maemo/hildon support])

This patch is necessary because during the configure stage libgpsbt isn't detected for some reason.


We patch using

 --- navit/navit/vehicle/gpsd/        2009-02-26 15:00:22.000000000 +0100
 +++ navit/navit/vehicle/gpsd/        2009-03-06 17:00:22.000000000 +0100
 @@ -2,5 +2,5 @@
  AM_CPPFLAGS = @NAVIT_CFLAGS@ @GPSBT_CFLAGS@ -I$(top_srcdir)/navit -DMODULE=vehicle_gpsd
  modulevehicle_LTLIBRARIES =
  libvehicle_gpsd_la_SOURCES = vehicle_gpsd.c
 -libvehicle_gpsd_la_LIBADD = @GPSD_LIBS@ @GPSBT_LIBS@
 +libvehicle_gpsd_la_LIBADD = @GPSD_LIBS@ -lgpsbt -lgpsmgr
  libvehicle_gpsd_la_LDFLAGS = -module

This patch is necessary because during the configure stage libgpsbt isn't detected for some reason.

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