Use git and commit tag

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This tip shows how to use git, the standard kernel source control package, to get source for a specific Hardkernel kernel release.


  • Debian-based system. Ubuntu counts as Debian.
  • You need git installed (sudo apt-get install git)
  • You need network access
  • git needs to be able to fetch files from the internet (a problem for some users behind corporate firewalls) You don't need to study it now, but for reference, this is a link to a simple guide for using git:


    For this example, we assume you want to get specifically the Hardkernel 3.0.63 source so you can change some configuration and re-build it.

    Git the Source

    Carve out a convenient place to work, something like this:

    cd $HOME
    mkdir odroidu2
    cd odroidu2

    If you plan to do a native kernel build, be aware that git database will take probably 2GB or so. You could do the git work on your host and then copy the source over to the odroid. If you have never tried it, you might like to cross-compile the kernel on your host. Here is a link to a tutorial:

    Clone the database to your machine. This can take awhile, it is a lot of data.

    git clone git:// -b odroid-3.0.y

    OR you could get the work-in-progress kernel like this:

    git clone --depth 1 -b odroid-3.8.y odroid-3.8.y

    You could get the kernel source for odroidxu like this: (notice the xu suffix)

    git clone --depth 1 -b odroidxu-3.4.y

    Get latest version if you have previously cloned

    And you don't care about your local edits

    git reset --hard HEAD
    git clean -f
    git pull git://

    Move to the top of the source tree

    cd $HOME/odroidu2/linux

    Find Commit Tag, text method

    Put the git log to a file to make it easy to read

    cd $HOME/odroidu2/linux
    git log > git.log

    Open git.log with an editor and look for the merge tag 'v3.0.62'. It looks like this:

    commit be1529c40ea70bc16e751e38d5dadde1887d62f8
    Merge: a6d395e e1c63f9f
    Author: Hakjoo Kim <>
    Date:   Tue Feb 5 10:51:43 2013 +0900
        Merge tag 'v3.0.62' of git:// into odroid-3.0.y
        This is the 3.0.62 stable release

    Make a note of the commit tag. For this release it is be1529c40ea70bc16e751e38d5dadde1887d62f8

    Find Commit Tag, GUI method

    If you install gitk, sudo apt-get install gitk, you can use a GUI to browse for the commit tag you are interested in.


    Use the Commit Tag

    Use the commit tag to set your source tree content to exactly match that instant in time, when the commit was done:

    cd $HOME/odroidu2/linux
    git checkout b9d73f776e87f89e1a6c251bff0d7d4a6c46de63

    odroid-3.0.y for reference:

    Commit Tag
    3.0.75 b47833937231eebab2fe46502426ea8158fae8d9
    3.0.74 f97ddf68ad209d6767249bd6852ce053588adfbd
    3.0.68 665307aa0c3181c803087b56601be263170fae65
    3.0.67 98bbf3565e3147a40c583ff97e2b5a98370c21a5
    3.0.66 21d69845e411bfcee426070af5416ddfba350529
    3.0.65 fe34c843d97c4fa082fe66dc3a65e7bd5603c70c
    3.0.64 54ea5b40f067cf098cac639973c6628c6944cfb2
    3.0.63 b9d73f776e87f89e1a6c251bff0d7d4a6c46de63
    3.0.62 be1529c40ea70bc16e751e38d5dadde1887d62f8
    3.0.61 69562df65467c6b15b8f1a6c6eeb9387f4d9e1c9
    3.0.60 008dd7cbe135862efb15782c02fbd2747545ff01

    odroid-3.8.y for reference:

    Commit Tag
    3.8.y 2013-04-18.head dbaf8ccfe13fc047e012a2c5cec8dce8198660d2

    Create a Local Branch (optional)

    At this point, you are sure to have the released source. You can create a local branch, even if you don't plan to do edits. As long as you don't 'push' the results, the content will stay local to your machine. Here is what I did:

    git checkout -b odroid-3.0.y.osterluk

    Configure the kernel

    The next step would be to configure the kernel. For example:

    make odroidu2_ubuntu_defconfig
    See the kernel building tutorial(s) for what steps to do next