Apalis module update script fails

I’m trying to update my Apalis v1.1A module to the latest version of Linux and BSP using the method recommended in this application note: Flashing Embedded Linux to iMX6 Modules

I downloaded then unpacked Apalis-iMX6_LXDE-Image_2.7b3-20170630.tar.bz2 to my a directory on my host computer, which is running Ubuntu 12 LTS, then I executed: ~$ sudo sh -c "command -v mkfs.vfat" /sbin/mkfs.vfat /sbin/mkfs.vfat
then: ~$ sudo ln -s /sbin/mkfs.vfat /sbin/mkfs.fat
then, finally: $ sudo ./update.sh -o /media/3264-6261/

Here is the terminal output from the execution of ‘update.sh’:


Here is a look at the resulting directory of my FAT formatted SD Card:


Can I trust that my SD Card will properly update my Apalis iMX6 module? If not, how can I resolve this issue?


Evergreen, Colorado

Change SD card or use EasyInstaller. I also have the same problems.

After changing SD Card device sizes/manufacturers, I tried to use the Toradex Easy Installer following the steps found here: Downloads & Installers | Toradex Developer Center but, again failure!

After executing ‘bmode usb’ from the U-Boot command line, I see the output below:

U-Boot 2014.04 (Jan 12 2015 - 18:52:26)
CPU:   Freescale i.MX6Q rev1.5 at 792 MHz
Reset cause: POR
Board: Toradex Apalis iMX6
I2C:   ready
DRAM:  1 GiB
PMIC: device id: 0x10, revision id: 0x11
PMIC: programmed
auto-detected panel HDMI
Display: HDMI (1024x768)
In:    serial
Out:   serial
Err:   serial
Net:   using phy at 7
Hit any key to stop autoboot:  0 
Apalis iMX6 # bmode usb
resetting ...

Also, it looks like my Ubuntu VM sees the Apalis module’s OTG USB port as executing ‘lsusb’ on the terminal returns:

Bus 001 Device 021: ID 15a2:0054 Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. i.MX6Q SystemOnChip in RecoveryMode

So far so good, it seems. But I when I try to execute ‘recovery-linux.sh’ I get the following:

cimarron@ubuntu:~/Desktop/Apalis-iMX6_ToradexEasyInstaller_1.1-20170906$ sudo ./recovery-linux.sh

Downloading Toradex Easy Installer...

./recovery/imx_usb: ./recovery/imx_usb: cannot execute binary file

Downloading Toradex Easy Installer failed...

Any suggests will be much appreciated…



With the method you use it never worked for me. These boards do not allow you to use the command “dd” as with others regularly. I use EasyInstaller. I can email you a linux image for apalis imx6q 2GB v1.1 for you to test.

I guess our usage of split in the update script is not compatible with whatever version Ubuntu 12.04 shipped with. Please upgrade to a later Ubuntu version or use the Toradex Easy Installer.

I guess you may not be running a 64-bit Linux distribution on your development workstation. The imx_usb tool is really only compiled for use on such.

Who mentioned anything about using dd? BTW: One can very well use dd to update e.g. the root file system using U-Boot’s ums feature.


Yes, my Ubuntu 12.04 VM is a 32-bit version; however, due to several legacy SDKs still in active use on this development host, legacy a 64-bit version of Ubuntu is not possible. Is it possible for Toradex to rewrite / recompile recovery-linux.sh so that it is backward compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit? I’m not the only Toradex customer with this problem so rewriting the script would be a big benefit to your customer base.



It is not possible / practical for me to upgrade to a different version of Ubuntu on this development machine. Is it possible for Toradex to rewrite / recompile the update.sh so that it is backward compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit? I’m not the only Toradex customer with this problem so rewriting the script would be a big benefit to your customer base.


Hi Chuck

As Marcel mentions split in Ubuntu 12.04 is from a coreutils version which is older than coreutils 8.16. Thus it is missing the ability to set a starting number with the numeric-suffixes option.

If you cannot get away from Ubuntu 12.04 and you cannot update coreutils to 8.16 or later you could work around the issue by removing the ‘=100’ from the split command line in update.sh and rename the resulting artefacts by hand afterwards.

sudo split -a 3 -b `expr 64 \* 1024 \* 1024` --numeric-suffixes ${BINARIES}/${IMAGEFILE} "$OUT_DIR/root.ext3-"


mv root.ext3-000 root.ext3-100
mv root.ext3-001 root.ext3-101
mv root.ext3-002 root.ext3-102


I am with Max, you should really consider moving to a newer, 64-bit distribution, especially when starting a new project. There are increasingly more use cases, where you will run into issues due to the memory limitations of a 32-bit architecture when working on a embedded project, and those are not only Toradex related (e.g. compile time errors when using link-time optimizations, since LTO typically requires a big address space or when compiling large frameworks such as web browser engines). After all, it is 2017…

I compiled a static linked 32-bit version of imx_usb, you can download it here. Replace the imx_usb file in the recovery/ subfolder of Toradex Easy Installer and recovery should work with a 32-bit distribution.