Packaging an Odin ROM for size and consistancy
Hey guys.. Odin3 version3 and higher has gz support. I've been working with this for a bit and tonight I found that Odin will accept tar.md5.gz files. This is important for GNote2 users as the stock ROM is 1.2Gigs! You can get an extra 10-40% compression and 100% gaurantee that the files arrive to your users computer in the condition that you packaged them using this method. I have not found a guide on using the gz format so I thought I would write one up.
You will need:
A Linux computer
Your rom (we will call it MyROM)
How to package for Odin on Windows
I will cover packing into a single file, adding an MD5, and compressing the file down. For the purposes of this, we are working with "MyROM". You will want to call your ROM whatever you like. Just make sure to add version information to the file name so users don't get confused. Also note, the name MUST be consistent throughout the process. If you change the name, Odin can fail.
Another good tip is to put a model number in the name so there is no confusion as to what device your Odin package goes to. Several users, myself included, have 20+ Odin packages on their computer.
So first you want to turn the ROM into a single tar file and then make sure changes are written to the disk.
tar -H ustar -c boot.img hidden.img modem.bin param.bin recovery.img system.img tz.img sboot.bin>./MyROM.tar;sync;
Next we want to add an MD5 to the file so Odin can check its consistancy.
md5sum MyROM.tar >> MyROM.tar;
Now we will change it into a tar.md5 file so Odin knows it has an MD5 attached to it.
mv MyROM.tar MyROM.tar.md5; sync;
Finally we will compress it with GZip. GZip is the only compression method supported by Odin.
gzip MyROM.tar.md5 -c -v > MyROM.tar.md5.gz;
You will now have a file called MyROM.tar.md5.gz.
The first time the file is flashed, Odin will uncompress it into MyROM.tar.md5, then check its consistancy, then flash the file. Using this method you will be transferring the smallest file possible and adding integrity checks.
Note to Verizon GNote2 users: Stay away from using Odin after IROM unlock as flashing a package intended for another device will perma-lock your device into another carrier's bootloaders. Especially stay away from GS3 as the displays are not compatible.