Docker container for Firefox OS posted on 14 July 2014

I recently got a Flame, the developer reference phone for Firefox OS.

I created a Docker container to build Firefox OS, mostly because I didn’t feel like installing Java 6 on my system (since it is not supported anymore). This post is about how to build such the container.

If you are interested in the image, you can find it on the Docker’s hub once this issue will be solved.

Start it with

sudo docker run -t -i --privileged --expose 5037 -v /dev/bus/usb:/dev/bus/usb -v /host/data:/container/data ubuntu-firefoxos /bin/bash

Steps to create the container:

Start a Ubuntu container.

sudo docker run -t -i ubuntu:14.04 /bin/bash

Update the system.

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Install the dependencies as described in the docs.

dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get install --no-install-recommends autoconf2.13 bison bzip2 ccache curl flex gawk gcc g++ g++-multilib gcc-4.6 g++-4.6 g++-4.6-multilib git lib32ncurses5-dev lib32z1-dev zlib1g:amd64 zlib1g-dev:amd64 zlib1g:i386 zlib1g-dev:i386 libgl1-mesa-dev libx11-dev make zip libxml2-utils
apt-get install python
apt-get install android-tools-adb
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.6 1 
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/gcc gcc /usr/bin/gcc-4.8 2 
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-4.6 1 
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/g++ g++ /usr/bin/g++-4.8 2 
update-alternatives --set gcc "/usr/bin/gcc-4.6" 
update-alternatives --set g++ "/usr/bin/g++-4.6" 

Note: All the instructions below are what I did to be able to build the OS for the Flame. Some steps may not be required for another phone (and some may be missing).

You need to specify some credential for git.

git config --global <your_email>
git config --global <your_name>

Then you have to install a few more things to be able to build, with first Java.

add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get update
install oracle-java6-installer

Building Firefox OS requires you to pull some blobs from your phone with adb.

apt-get install android-tools-adb
apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev
apt-get install usbutils # This may not be needed, I used it to debug a few things

Install a few more packages required by the build process.

apt-get install dosfstools libxrender1 libasound2 libatk1.0 libice6

Export a SHELL variable.

export SHELL=/bin/bash

Install unzip.

apt-get install unzip

Get your container id with:

sudo docker ps -a

Commit your changes.

sudo docker commit <container_id> ubuntu-firefoxos

Stop and remove the container.

sudo docker stop <container_id>
sudo docker rm <container_id>

Restart the container with a few more flags.

sudo docker run -t -i --privileged --expose 5037 -v /dev/bus/usb:/dev/bus/usb -v /host/data:/container/data ubuntu-firefoxos /bin/bash

The --privileged --expose 5037 -v /dev/bus/usb:/dev/bus/usb options are required for adb to be able to find your device.

Before building, make sure you enable the remote debugging mode on your phone.

Open the Settings app, then Device Information > More Information > Developer.
In the developer menu, check “Remote debugging”.

Then you are good to go:

cd /container/data/B2G
./ flame