[Buildroot] [PATCH v2 0/3] Fix for top-level parallel make part 1

Fabio Porcedda fabio.porcedda at gmail.com
Tue Jul 30 09:34:08 UTC 2013

On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Thomas Petazzoni
<thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> Dear Fabio Porcedda,
> On Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:41:42 +0200, Fabio Porcedda wrote:
>> > I don't remember if we had this discussion in the past, but before
>> > going down the road of supporting top-level parallel make in Buildroot,
>> > I'd like to understand what is your plan to solve the most important
>> > problem that top-level parallel make creates: the need to create
>> > per-package sysroot, instead of the global single sysroot we have
>> > today. Have you thought about this problem already? What solution do
>> > you have for it?
>> I hadn't thought about that, thanks for pointing it out.
> You're welcome. I believe that top-level parallel build is a bit like
> the creation of binary packages: people initially believe that it's
> fairly trivial to implement, but in reality, if you want to implement
> it properly it's much more complex and maybe too complex for the KISS
> principle of Buildroot.
>> So before to add top-level parallel make support we must add
>> per-package sysroot...
>> That's a bad news for me, i was already wokring on the second part :-(
>> I can try to work to add per-package sysroot, but i've some doubts about that:
>>  - Is per-package sysroot a desiderable feature regardless the
>> top-level parallel makefile support?
>>  - Is per-package an appropriate or overkill feature for buildroot?
> Beyond top-level parallel support, per-package support is useful as it
> ensures only the dependencies that are explicitly expressed in the
> package .mk file are actually seen when building a given package. So
> from a build correctness point of view, it's certainly a nice feature.
> Now, whether it's overkill or not for Buildroot is hard to say. It
> clearly would increase a bit the complexity of the package
> infrastructure, but it's hard to guess whether this additional
> complexity will be reasonable or not before doing some prototypes.
> There is, however, another drawback than just complexity: build time.
> With per-package sysroot, it means that for each package, you have to
> create a completely new sysroot, which takes time.
>> Do you know if the other build system use per-package sysroot solution
>> to solve the same issue? like bitbake/os, debian, fedora, ...?
> I know that Debian builds all its packages inside a chroot, in which
> only the explicit Build-depends of that package are installed. So in
> effect, it has per-package sysroot.
> As per OpenEmbedded/Bitbake, I was told a few years ago that they were
> not doing per-package sysroot, even though they are doing top-level
> parallel builds, and that this was sometimes causing some spurious
> failures or not completely reproducible builds. However, I haven't
> verified this myself, and this statement was made some years ago, so it
> may or may not longer be true.

Unfortunately right now i've not enough time to work on the
per-package sysroot feature, maybe in the feature, i don't know.

So are you going to accept this patch set even without per-package
sysroot feature?
IMHO top-level parallel make it's still a useful feature even without
per-package sysroot.
The per-package sysroot feature can be still added later.

Best regards
Fabio Porcedda

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