OpenBMC Starting Point

Andrew Geissler geissonator at
Wed Jan 22 02:21:35 AEDT 2020

> On Jan 20, 2020, at 11:03 AM, Samuel Herts <sdherts at> wrote:
> Thank you!
> I have a supermicro X9 with ast2400 BMC chip. How would we go about installing it? openBMC onto it? We currently have a fresh install of Ubuntu LTS on it, and nothing else.

The only AST2400 config I’m familiar with is our Palmetto.
You could start with that machine and tweak it for yours. <>
> In terms of the development virtual machine. I keep running into an issue when trying to wget the sdk. 
> Specifically, this line: wget,target=romulus/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/deploy/sdk/ <,target=romulus/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/deploy/sdk/> After running that inside the romulus emulator, it runs out of space and won't complete the download. Does this mean I need to either increase the storage for the romulus, or am I simply installing it in the wrong place, and instead need to wget that into the regular VM?

The SDK is not meant to be downloaded to the actual OpenBMC
system. I’t meant to be downloaded to your development system.
You can then use it to build OpenBMC software that you then copy
over to your OpenBMC and run.

> Apologies for all the questions, I am doing as much research as I can, and this mailing list seems to be the largest wealth of knowledge I have available.
> --Sam
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 1:57 AM Michael Richardson <mcr at <mailto:mcr at>> wrote:
> Samuel Herts <sdherts at <mailto:sdherts at>> wrote:
>     > I am currently working on getting a working OpenBMC test environment
>     > up and running. I am using VirtualBox and the github Development
>     > Environment tutorial. I had a couple questions regarding how to make
>     > our own modules. Would it be possible to upload files to the bmc on
>     > the virtual server?
> You can do that.
> The disk is rather small by default.
> If you are using VirtualBox, you may be able to use the vboxfs file system to
> mount the host. That might require adding modules to the kernel.
>     > And would I be able to make a script which can read text off of that
>     > file inside the bmc chip?
>     > I have a physical server which I am not using yet, would I be able to
>     > install openbmc and the scripts and insert the file onto the actual
>     > bmc chip, and eventually read from that file?
> Maybe. What server do you have?
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> Sincerely, 
> Samuel Herts

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