Chapter 143. Freebsd TCP/IP stack port

This document describes how to get started with the Freebsd TCP/IP network stack.

143.1. Targets

A number of ethernet devices may be supported. The default configuration supports two instances of the interface by default, and you will need to write your own driver instantiation code, and supplemental startup and initialization code, if you should add additional ones.

The target for your board will normally be supplied with an ethernet driver, in which case including the network stack and generic ethernet driver package to your build will automatically enable usage of the ethernet device driver. If your target is not supplied with an ethernet driver, you will need to use loopback (see Section 139.1, “Loopback tests”).

143.2. Building the Network Stack

Using the Build->Packages dialog, add the packages “Networking”, “Freebsd TCP/IP Stack” and “Common Ethernet Support” to your configuration. Their package names are CYGPKG_NET, CYGPKG_NET_FREEBSD_STACK and CYGPKG_NET_ETH_DRIVERS respectively.

A short-cut way to do this is by using the “net” template if it is available for your platform.

The platform-specific ethernet device driver for your platform will be added as part of the target selection (in the Build->Templates “Hardware” item), along with the PCI I/O subsystem (if relevent) and the appropriate serial device driver.

For example, the PowerPC MBX target selection adds the package PKG_NET_QUICC_ETH_DRIVERS, and the Cirrus Logic EDB7xxx target selection adds the package CYGPKG_NET_EDB7XXX_ETH_DRIVERS. After this, eCos and its tests can be built exactly as usual.


By default, most of the network tests are not built. This is because some of them require manual intervention, i.e. they are to be run “by hand”, and are not suitable for automated testing. To build the full set of network tests, set the configuration option CYGPKG_NET_BUILD_HW_TESTS “Build hardware networking tests (demo programs)” within “Networking support build options”.