[Buildroot] [PATCH 3 of 5 v3] manual: add documentation for kconfig-package

Thomas De Schampheleire patrickdepinguin at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 19:53:45 UTC 2014

This patch adds documentation for the new kconfig-package infrastructure to
the manual.

Note that due to the simplicity of the infrastructure, the documentation
is not split in a 'tutorial' and a 'reference', like for the other
infrastructures. Instead, the usage is described in one section.

Signed-off-by: Thomas De Schampheleire <thomas.de.schampheleire at gmail.com>

v3: update based on Yann's comments
v2: update after move to a real infrastructure

 docs/manual/adding-packages-kconfig.txt |  56 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 docs/manual/adding-packages.txt         |   2 +
 2 files changed, 58 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff -r e56a7788b2d0 -r fa937f090303 docs/manual/adding-packages-kconfig.txt
--- /dev/null	Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 1970 +0000
+++ b/docs/manual/adding-packages-kconfig.txt	Thu Jul 24 20:54:50 2014 +0200
@@ -0,0 +1,56 @@
+// -*- mode:doc; -*-
+// vim: set syntax=asciidoc:
+=== Infrastructure for packages using kconfig for configuration files
+A popular way for a software package to handle user-specified
+configuration is +kconfig+. Among others, it is used by the Linux
+kernel, Busybox, and Buildroot itself. The presence of a .config file
+and a +menuconfig+ target are two well-known symptoms of kconfig being
+Buildroot features an infrastructure for packages that use kconfig for
+their configuration. This infrastructure provides the necessary logic to
+expose the package's +menuconfig+ target as +foo-menuconfig+ in
+Buildroot, and to handle the copying back and forth of the configuration
+file in a correct way.
+The +kconfig-package+ infrastructure is based on the +generic-package+
+infrastructure. All variables supported by +generic-package+ are
+available in +kconfig-package+ as well. See
+xref:generic-package-reference[] for more details.
+In order to use the +kconfig-package+ infrastructure for a Buildroot
+package, the minimally required lines in the +.mk+ file, in addition to
+the variables required by the +generic-package+ infrastructure, are:
+FOO_KCONFIG_FILE = reference-to-source-configuration-file
+$(eval $(kconfig-package))
+This snippet creates the following make targets:
+* +foo-menuconfig+, which calls the package's +menuconfig+ target
+* +foo-update-config+, which copies back the configuration to the source
+  configuration file.
+and ensures that the source configuration file is copied to the build
+directory at the right moment.
+In addition to these minimally required lines, several optional variables can
+be set to suit the needs of the package under consideration:
+* +FOO_KCONFIG_EDITORS+: a space-separated list of kconfig editors to
+  support, for example 'menuconfig xconfig'. By default, 'menuconfig'.
+* +FOO_KCONFIG_OPT+: extra options to pass when calling the kconfig
+  ediftors. This may need to include '$(FOO_MAKE_OPT)', for example. By
+  default, empty.
+* +FOO_KCONFIG_FIXUP_CMDS+: a list of shell commands needed to fixup the
+  configuration file after copying it or running a kconfig editor. Such
+  commands may be needed to ensure a configuration consistent with other
+  configuration of Buildroot, for example. By default, empty.
diff -r e56a7788b2d0 -r fa937f090303 docs/manual/adding-packages.txt
--- a/docs/manual/adding-packages.txt	Mon Jun 30 21:08:13 2014 +0200
+++ b/docs/manual/adding-packages.txt	Thu Jul 24 20:54:50 2014 +0200
@@ -25,6 +25,8 @@

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