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[Tutorial] Compile JB on Ubuntu

Utsav Verma / / 0
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07-17-12: I have not, nor shall I ever claim copyright.

To compile Jellybean on Ubuntu I'm going to first give you steps to set up your computer to get this thing rolling.

You MUST be running a 64 bit version of Ubuntu, 32 bit is not supported.

This will NOT make a fully functional ROM, but will give you a place to start. Also I CANNOT fix every error you run into.

READ the entire OP and make sure to properly follow instructions. Don't forget to search the thread as your question may have already been answered.

Please use Pastebin for all errors you run into. Posting a link is much easier than a long list of errors in the thread. Thank you.

You will need 25GB (or more) free to complete a single build, and up to 80GB (or more) for a full set of builds.

1) You need the following:
-JDK 6 if you wish to build Jellybean.
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
-Python, which you can download from Or:
$ sudo apt-get install python
-Git, which you can find it at Or:
$ sudo apt-get install git-core
-Android SDK:
  • Download the SDK here:
  • Extract the SDK and place it in your home directory.
  • I renamed my SDK to android-sdk to make it easier to navigate to.
  • Go to your home folder, press Ctrl+H to show hidden files, and open up your .bashrc file.
  • Add these lines at the bottom of the file:
    # Android tools
    export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk/tools
    export PATH=${PATH}:~/android-sdk/platform-tools
    export PATH=${PATH}:~/bin
  • Find your .profile file and add this at the bottom of the file:
  • You have now successfully installed the Android SDK.
  • To check for updates issue this into your terminal:
    $ android

2) Install required packages.
$ sudo apt-get install git-core gnupg flex bison gperf build-essential \
  zip curl zlib1g-dev libc6-dev lib32ncurses5-dev ia32-libs \
  x11proto-core-dev libx11-dev lib32readline5-dev lib32z-dev \
  libgl1-mesa-dev g++-multilib mingw32 tofrodos python-markdown \
  libxml2-utils xsltproc
On Ubuntu 10.10:
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib32/mesa/ /usr/lib32/mesa/
On Ubuntu 11.10:
$ sudo apt-get install libx11-dev:i386
Building on Ubuntu 12.04 is currently only experimentally supported and is not guaranteed to work on branches other than master.
$ sudo apt-get install git gnupg flex bison gperf build-essential \
  zip curl libc6-dev libncurses5-dev x11proto-core-dev \
  libx11-dev libreadline6-dev libgl1-mesa-glx \
  libgl1-mesa-dev g++-multilib mingw32 tofrodos \
  python-markdown libxml2-utils xsltproc zlib1g-dev
$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/ /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/
3) Configure your USB.
$ gksudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
Inside of this blank text file insert:
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0502", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0b05", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="413c", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0489", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="091E", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0bb4", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="12d1", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="24e3", MODE="0666"

#KT Tech
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2116", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0482", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="17EF", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1004", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="22b8", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0409", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2080", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0955", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="2257", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="10A9", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0471", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04da", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="05c6", MODE="0666"

#SK Telesys
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1f53", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04e8", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04dd", MODE="0666"

#Sony Ericsson
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0fce", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0930", MODE="0666"

SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="19D2", MODE="0666"
4) Save the file and close it and then issue this command:
$ sudo chmod a+r /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
5) Install the repo:
$ mkdir ~/bin
$ PATH=~/bin:$PATH
$ curl > ~/bin/repo
$ chmod a+x ~/bin/repo
6) Initialize the repo:
6a) For AOSP:
$ repo init -u -b android-4.2.2_r1.2
For CM:
$ repo init -u git:// -b cm-10.1
6.1) For people who have already done a repo init:
$ repo init -b android-4.3_r2
$ repo sync
$ repo init -b cm-10.1
$ repo sync

7) When prompted, enter your real name and email address.

8) Gather the files:
$ repo sync
9) Continue onto adding a device

~How To Add A Device To The List~

1) Find the github for your device you wish to add. (For me it is the Samsung Epic 4G Touch [codename d710])

2) Now navigate to the location you are going clone the device tree to:
$ mkdir samsung
3) Clone the github device tree from remote to local: (The name after the branch would be whatever you want that folder to be named so make sure it is whatever standard name would be for your device, example: Nexus One [passion], Nexus S [crespo], Motorola Droid [sholes], HTC Incredible [inc], etc.)
$ git clone git:// -b cm-10.1 d710
4) Now navigate into the folder:
$ cd d710
5) Connect phone to computer and make sure USB debugging is enabled and you have adb set up.

6) Extract Device Proprietary Files:
$ ./
Or: See if other repos have your device's proprietary blobs already (like d710):
$ mkdir vendor
$ git clone -b cm-10.2 samsung
6.1) Some devices have other dependencies like a common device repo. The d710 utilizes a galaxys2-common repo for the galaxys2 family of devices. Clone that repo. From inside the d710 folder:
$ cd ..
$ git clone git:// -b cm-10.1 galaxys2-common
7) Navigate back to your home directory for building:
8) Prepare To Compile:
$ source build/
$ . build/
9) Get your list of devices:
$ lunch
10) Pick your poison.

11) Now compile ('#' being the number of cores in your processor +1):
$ make -j#
12) Speed up builds using ccache (optional, but highly recommended): 
Edit your .bashrc and add this line at the bottom:
export USE_CCACHE=1
Then issue these commands:
$ export USE_CCACHE=1
$ export CCACHE_DIR=~/.ccache
$ prebuilts/misc/linux-x86/ccache/ccache -M 50G
The suggested cache size is 50-100G. (This is size in GB)

Or for a flashable zip:
$ make -j# otapackage
If you are running into issues such as:

Which would you like? [full-eng] 5
build/core/ *** No matches for product "full_d710".  Stop.
Device d710 not found. Attempting to retrieve device repository from CyanogenMod Github (
Repository for d710 not found in the CyanogenMod Github repository list. If this is in error, you may need to manually add it to your local_manifest.xml.
build/core/ *** No matches for product "full_d710".  Stop.

** Don't have a product spec for: 'full_d710'
** Do you have the right repo manifest?
What you need to do is to edit your blob to match the PRODUCT_NAME to the file name. For example with mine I have therefore in this file I need to have PRODUCT_NAME to match it. Whatever error it is looking for you just need to change the PRODUCT_NAME line to match what the error shows.

If you run into issues with Java being the incorrect version here is the fix: 
Make sure Java 6 JDK is installed by typing in:
$ java -version
Open the file in build/core and delete this line from the java error code section:
$(error stop)

Change all references in your device repo from frameworks/base to frameworks/native


Apply this patch for guava:


Android 4.1+ needs an insecure kernel to use adb:


This tutorial is based off this one:

Utsav Verma

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