[Buildroot] [RFC] Override source directories

Alper Yıldırım yildirimalper at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 20:22:45 UTC 2011

Hi Thomas,

On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 12:48 AM, Thomas Petazzoni
<thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Here is a set of RFC patches that implement the basic mechanism I have
> been referring to since a couple of weeks/months about allowing users
> to override the source directory for packages.
> >From an user perspective, it allows ones to create a "local.mk" file
> in the Buildroot main source directory, with variable definitions such
> as :
>  MYAPP_OVERRIDE_SRCDIR = /home/foobar/project/myapp
>  LIBGLIB2_OVERRIDE_SRCDIR = /home/foobar/git/libglib2
> At build time, Buildroot would use those directories at the source for
> the packages, instead of downloading, extracing and patching them in
> the usual way.
> Internally, this is implemented inside our package infrastructure, so
> this mechanism should work for all packages that rely on the
> infrastructure. The GENTARGETS macro makes sure that the package build
> process bypasses the download, extract and patch step when
> <pkg>_OVERRIDE_SRCDIR is defined, and instead a symlinking step is
> added. It's very simple.

It is definitely what i want from buildroot. This feature is a must when working
with local application repositories.

> This series of patches also add the <pkg>-reconfigure and
> <pkg>-rebuild targets, which makes it easy for users to restart the
> package build process at the compilation step or at the configuration
> step, without having to mess up with stamp file details.
> There are still a few issues to solve and discuss, though :
>  * Is local.mk inside the main source directory the good solution?
>   Should we instead provide a configuration option to set the path to
>   the override file? Or another solution?

I prefer having a configuration option for this, it will be more flexible.

>  * As the mechanism is implemented today, "make clean" removes the
>   symbolic link $(O)/build/<pkg>-<version>, but not the stamp files
>   created inside this source directory. So next time the build is
>   started, things will go wrong. To solve this, the only solution I
>   see is to separate the directory with the stamp files from the
>   source directory, at least in the case of overriden source
>   directories.

I guess, it won't hurt to have an extra stamp directory for locally overridden
source directories.

>  * Other things?
> Feedback, comments and ideas welcome.

When do you plan to release this feature.
Please don't wait too much.


> Regards,
> Thomas
> The following changes since commit 7234c23967fa70b760c64700e56bb1778019fbeb:
>  CHANGES: update with recent changes (2011-05-18 21:02:30 +0200)
> are available in the git repository at:
>  http://free-electrons.com/~thomas/buildroot.git for-2011.08/sourcedir
> Thomas Petazzoni (4):
>      package: enhance infrastructure to support source dir override
>      package: remove stamp files in <pkg>-dirclean
>      package: add <pkg>-rebuild and <pkg>-reconfigure
>      Include a local.mk for package overrides
>  Makefile                    |    1 +
>  package/Makefile.package.in |   30 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  2 files changed, 31 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> Thanks,
> --
> Thomas Petazzoni
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