We have used Tp-Link 4-32 devices for quite some years now. We were making custom builds for our grassroots, neighbourhood network, and happy with it.
However, with 18.06.1 we need to select target ar71xx_tiny... now we miss some options we find useful. We don't care about opkg, ipv6, luci... but we do care about to have some sort of snmp working on the devices, and other things, as sqm, perhaps sudo, etc...
All of that was packaged in 4 MB and worked quite well for us. So we don't want to get these abilities lost. Not asking anybody to do the work for us, so could you guys give me any pointers about how to build a "not-tiny" target so we can continue getting the features we need.
What I'm looking for is the way to have these features listed again in menuconfig.
My 2 cents: that "tiny" target is probably too much work and at the end of the day, it does not help people like us because it limits too much our build options.
I don't want to argue about need to support "old" hardware, etc. Also, I know what I can strip, etc. I understand all things said about this on this thread and others. And, generally speaking, I agree.
Instead, my points are:
1- How can I get, say, mini-snmpd appear again in menuconfig under target ar71xx_tiny. Full explanation not needed, but any pointer to menuconfig internals doc, tutorial, howto, etc, would probably save hours of work, and would be really appreciated.
2- <little_rant> I think that creating a new, restricted, "tiny" target, is not worth the effort. On which basis has been decided that 4/32 devices shouldn't have snmp, or for that matter, any other now-missing thing? This is a double waste, first some developer worked to create it, then some people like me need to work more, undoing commits and maintainig a separate branch. Things are going a little bit too far, I think.</little_rant>
3- Unexperienced people may really need an allready build tiny image, but experienced people making customs build should not be limited by the buildroot system itself. (my 2 cents)
after successful first build you can also modify config files to exclude support for all devices but the one you are using. on next make only mach file for your device will be included in the image. (config files will reset after this again) this can save you some space and i'm sure the whole image generating process could be tweaked to not include objects for other devices...
There is no fundamental difference between ar71xx/tiny and ar71xx/generic wrt. package selection. You likely forgot to install the feeds or made another mistake which caused packages to be missing from menuconfig.