[Buildroot] [PATCH 1/1] sdl: fix building on powerpc64 and powerpc64le

Sam Bobroff sam.bobroff at au1.ibm.com
Wed Nov 9 04:30:21 UTC 2016

On Tue, Nov 08, 2016 at 01:24:04PM +0100, Arnout Vandecappelle wrote:
> On 08-11-16 06:10, Sam Bobroff wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 08, 2016 at 02:04:31AM +0100, Arnout Vandecappelle wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> On 07-11-16 22:51, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> >>> Also, are we going to need to patch libtool.m4 in each and every
> >>> package around? libtool.m4 from sdl is from libtool 2.2 which is not
> >>> _that_ old (by the standards of libtool upgrade speed, of course), so
> >>> we're likely to find many other packages in the same situation, aren't
> >>> we?
> > 
> > From the libtool git history it looks like the issue is fixed after
> > libtool
> > 
> >>  Let me rephrase this.
> >>
> >>  You should actually update support/libtool/buildroot-libtool-v1.5.patch and
> >> support/libtool/buildroot-libtool-v2.2.patch which will fix all packages in one
> >> fell swoop. (That is, assuming that v2.4 is OK already.)
> > 
> > That sounds great, but that system seems to be set up to patch only
> > ltmain.sh, and the code that needs patching isn't there.
> > 
> > The change needs to be in aclocal/libtool.m4 
>  Arg, my bad. I didn't look at the patch itself :-)
> > but I can't patch that and
> > then propagate the change to configure, because AUTORECONF doesn't work
> > for that package. (Maybe it would work for other packages, but I suspect
> > there would be problems updating a single file on it's own.)
>  For most packages, AUTORECONF works. But it's really not nice to have to
> autoreconf a large number of packages just because one platform which many
> people don't use is not supported...


> > I suppose I could try auto-patching configure and/or configure.in (or
> > .ac) along the same lines as ltmain.sh... what do you think?
>  Autopatching configure.in/ac will not work because it's actually libtool.m4,
> right? You could autopatch that, but some packages will not bundly libtool.m4 I
> guess.

Yes, and I've discovered that if you patch libtool.m4, some packages
build systems detect that and launch their own re-autoconf, which

It looks like any fix will have to be directly to configure after any
autoreconfig is finished :-(

>  Autopatching configure is going to be very hard I expect, because the location
> and context of the hunk to be patched is probably very volatile. But if it does
> work, it's probably the way to go. You would also have to patch libtool.m4 if it
> exists, to keep things consistent. And you'd probably want to ignore errors from
> patch.
>  Otherwise, I'm afraid I don't see how we can solve this in a generic way...

Right, but it seems that although the hunk moves around a lot it's content
is still a large static chunk that's easily found. Since patch is happy
to patch anywhere (if all the context matches), it looks like patch will
handle that OK. Of course it will always fail on configure scripts that
are already new enough or have already been fixed manually (and it looks
like some packages have done that). And I never like ignoring errors.

I can think of a few ways to implement this in buildroot:

(a) Patch pkg-autotools.mk to find any files named 'configure' and try
to patch them, ignoring failures.

(b) As above but only patch files that match a magic pattern that
indicates they need patching (there does happen to be such a pattern in
this case).

(c) As above but only patch packages that set a package configuration
variable (something like FOO_PATCH_CONFIGURE=YES).

For (b) and (c), I could hard-code it to run a single patch (from
support/libtool/... or support/configure?) or I could make it a bit more

For (b) we could have a pattern file and a patch file, applying the
patch if configure contains the pattern, or for (c) the variable could
contain the patch file name (relative to support/something/?).  For
example, have FOO_PATCH_CONFIGURE=powerpc64.patch. I'm not
aware of any other need for this at the moment but it also seems nice to
keep the arch specific stuff somewhat separated out.

For (c) We (me) would need to tag every package that needed patching,
but that doesn't seem too bad if it's just one line. The package files
would also be a good record of which packages still need fixing.

How do those options sound? Any other suggestions?


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