[Buildroot] Out of tree builds (was Re: svn commit: trunk/buildroot)

Peter Korsgaard jacmet at uclibc.org
Mon Jun 23 13:58:14 UTC 2008

>>>>> "jacmet" == jacmet  <jacmet at uclibc.org> writes:


 jacmet> Author: jacmet
 jacmet> Date: 2008-06-23 06:47:37 -0700 (Mon, 23 Jun 2008)
 jacmet> New Revision: 22481

 jacmet> Log:
 jacmet> Makefile: don't include .config from TOPDIR

 jacmet> If we ever want to support building out of tree, having the
 jacmet> .config in the tree is probably not what we want.

Do we want to support out of tree builds? The toplevel Makefile has
had a TOPDIR variable since forever, but it'll take a bit of work to
get it running.

The basics are easy to do, E.G.:

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 73d9208..b81d330 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -21,10 +21,17 @@
 # Just run 'make menuconfig', configure stuff, then run 'make'.
 # You shouldn't need to mess with anything beyond this point...
+# buildroot sources are in same directory as Makefile
+TOPDIR:=$(dir $(firstword $(MAKEFILE_LIST)))
+# for kbuild
+export srctree
 DATE:=$(shell date +%Y%m%d)
 noconfig_targets:=menuconfig config oldconfig randconfig \

But the big issue is everywhere we expect to be in the source
directory, so we'll need to prepend $(TOPDIR)/ to every include line
(make -I doesn't work for wildcards), patch-kernel.sh calls and so on.

With all that in place it should be possible to do:

% mkdir build && cd build
% make -f /path/to/buildroot/Makefile  menuconfig
% make -f /path/to/buildroot/Makefile

What do you say?

Bye, Peter Korsgaard

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