[Buildroot] External toolchain support improvements

Peter Korsgaard jacmet at uclibc.org
Mon Nov 3 10:15:27 UTC 2008

>>>>> "Thomas" == Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> writes:

 Thomas> Improve external toolchain support
 Thomas>  * Do not put kernel-headers in the dependencies of BASE_TARGETS in
 Thomas>    the case where BR2_TOOLCHAIN_SOURCE is not y. The kernel headers
 Thomas>    are already supposed to be part of the external toolchain, so
 Thomas>    there's no need to download, extract and install them.

Sounds good.

 Thomas>  * In the configuration system, don't display the kernel headers
 Thomas>    version selection list when an external toolchain is selected. This
 Thomas>    is implemented by moving the source
 Thomas>    "toolchain/kernel-headers/Config.in" inside the if
 Thomas>    BR2_TOOLCHAIN_SOURCE in toolchain/Config.in.2.

And this too.

 Thomas>  * Change the description and help message of the BR2_LARGEFILE,
 Thomas>    BR2_INET_IPV6, BR2_INET_RPC, and BR2_SOFT_FLOAT option in
 Thomas>    toolchain/external-toolchain/Config.in. In the case of an external
 Thomas>    toolchain, the semantic of these options is not to enable large
 Thomas>    file support, IPV6 or RPC (since the toolchain is already compiled,
 Thomas>    it has been decided previously). Their semantic is to let Buildroot
 Thomas>    know about the characteristics of the external toolchain being
 Thomas>    used.


 Thomas>    As an improvement, we could guess these values automatically:

 Thomas>     - for BR2_LARGEFILE, look at the value of __UCLIBC_HAS_LFS__ in
 Thomas>       bits/uClibc_config.h in the libc headers directory.

This would only work for external toolchains using uclibc - I guess
the main reason for using an external toolchain is to not use uclibc?

Bye, Peter Korsgaard

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