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

Yann E. MORIN yann.morin.1998 at free.fr
Fri Aug 1 20:50:50 UTC 2014


Thomas, All,

On 2014-08-01 21:53 +0200, Thomas De Schampheleire spake thusly:
> 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>

Reviewed-by: "Yann E. MORIN" <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr>

Regards,
Yann E. MORIN.

> ---
> 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
> +used.
> +
> +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 @@
>  
>  include::adding-packages-virtual.txt[]
>  
> +include::adding-packages-kconfig.txt[]
> +
>  include::adding-packages-hooks.txt[]
>  
>  include::adding-packages-gettext.txt[]

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