[Buildroot] [PATCH 2/2] Makefile: don't recreate staging symlink if it exists

Thomas De Schampheleire patrickdepinguin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 18 17:59:49 UTC 2020


El mar., 18 feb. 2020 a las 16:40, Thomas Petazzoni
(<thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com>) escribió:
>
> Hello,
>
> On Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:01:00 +0100
> Thomas De Schampheleire <patrickdepinguin at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > From: Thomas De Schampheleire <thomas.de_schampheleire at nokia.com>
> >
> > Create the staging symlink the same way as the host symlink. This means
> > using a make dependency rather than recreating it every time.
> >
> > In coreutils versions below 8.27, re-creation of symbolic links was not
> > atomic. This means that there is a period in time where the existing link is
> > removed, before the new one is created. In coreutils 8.27 this was fixed,
> > see [1]. Note that CentOS 7 ships with coreutils 8.22.
> >
> > In the following scenario, this is a problem:
> >
> > - an application is compiled using the sysroot prepared by Buildroot and
> >   links against Xenomai userspace libraries, but its build process is steered
> >   from outside of Buildroot
> > - to know the correct flags, the application makefile uses the 'xeno-config'
> >   file to request them, and passes DESTDIR=/buildroot/output/staging
> > - the xeno-config responds with flags based on the path
> >   '/buildroot/output/staging/...'
> > - while the application build is ongoing, a 'make' happens in Buildroot,
> >   causing the 'staging' symlink to be recreated (even though it already
> >   existed)
> > - when exactly at this time, the application calls the compiler with -I
> >   flags pointing to output/staging, the build fails with:
> >
> >   -I/buildroot/output/staging/usr/include/xenomai/mercury: Error:  ^ is not a directory
> >   -I/buildroot/output/staging/usr/include/xenomai: Error:  ^ is not a directory
> >   -I/buildroot/output/staging/usr/include/xenomai/xenomai: Error:  ^ is not a directory
> >   -I/buildroot/output/staging/usr/include/xenomai/psos: Error:  ^ is not a directory
> >   Failed: ** ^ *
> >
> > Work around this problem by only creating the staging symlink once, similar
> > to how the host symlink (if any) is created.
> >
> > See also commit d0f4f95e390bcb1c953efa125f5277a8a235396e which changed the
> > way these symlinks are made. The reasoning in this commit is to move away
> > from the 'dirs' target.
> >
> > [1] https://github.com/coreutils/coreutils/commit/376967889ed7ed561e46ff6d88a66779db62737a
>
> Wow, thanks for the investigation and detailed commit log. Quite crazy
> stuff.
>
> The question that comes to mind is: why are you building something
> against the Buildroot toolchain/sysroot, before the Buildroot build has
> completed ?

No, the initial Buildroot build _is_ completed first. Then the
application build starts according to the scenario described.
In our case, the extra Buildroot 'make' is done to let Buildroot
create the images, passing a custom TARGET_DIR which is an extended
copy of the original output/target. This step happens multiple times
for different boards, out of the same Buildroot (the boards differ a
bit in our own software plus perhaps some other customization done in
the rootfs). From the perspective of the application build, the fact
that Buildroot 'make' is called shouldn't matter because all the files
it needs will not be touched. Buildroot itself is also retained as-is,
except it is asked to produce images.

Best regards,
Thomas


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