[Buildroot] [git commit] manual/user guide/customization: add section on device/permission tables

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com
Sun Sep 21 17:41:12 UTC 2014

commit: http://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/commit/?id=aba0d000cb57edf54e5a8b16702ae803433512f1
branch: http://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/commit/?id=refs/heads/master

This patch adds basic documentation on device and permission tables, a topic
which was currently not yet covered in the manual.

Signed-off-by: Thomas De Schampheleire <thomas.de.schampheleire at gmail.com>
Signed-off-by: Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com>
 docs/manual/customize-device-permission-tables.txt |   30 ++++++++++++++++++++
 docs/manual/customize-rootfs.txt                   |    2 +
 docs/manual/customize.txt                          |    4 ++
 3 files changed, 36 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/docs/manual/customize-device-permission-tables.txt b/docs/manual/customize-device-permission-tables.txt
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..99cf5bd
--- /dev/null
+++ b/docs/manual/customize-device-permission-tables.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,30 @@
+// -*- mode:doc; -*-
+// vim: set syntax=asciidoc:
+==== Setting file permissions and ownership and adding custom devices nodes
+Sometimes it is needed to set specific permissions or ownership on files
+or device nodes. For example, certain files may need to be owned by
+root.  Since the post-build scripts are not run as root, you cannot do
+such changes from there unless you use an explicit fakeroot from the
+post-build script.
+Instead, Buildroot provides support for so-called _permission tables_.
+To use this feature, set config option +BR2_ROOTFS_DEVICE_TABLE+ to a
+space-separated list of permission tables, regular text files following
+the xref:makedev-syntax[makedev syntax].
+If you are using a static device table (i.e. not using +devtmpfs+,
++mdev+, or +(e)udev+) then you can add device nodes using the same
+syntax, in so-called _device tables_. To use this feature, set config
+option +BR2_ROOTFS_STATIC_DEVICE_TABLE+ to a space-separated list of
+device tables.
+As shown in xref:customize-dir-structure[], the recommended location for
+such files is +board/<company>/<boardname>/+.
+It should be noted that if the specific permissions or device nodes are
+related to a specific application, you should set variables
++FOO_PERMISSIONS+ and +FOO_DEVICES+ in the package's +.mk+ file instead
+(see xref:generic-package-reference[]).
diff --git a/docs/manual/customize-rootfs.txt b/docs/manual/customize-rootfs.txt
index 056f8e2..23a38b0 100644
--- a/docs/manual/customize-rootfs.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/customize-rootfs.txt
@@ -97,3 +97,5 @@ To enable this feature, enable config option
 This method is not recommended because it duplicates the entire
   skeleton, which prevents taking advantage of the fixes or improvements
   brought to the default skeleton in later Buildroot releases.
diff --git a/docs/manual/customize.txt b/docs/manual/customize.txt
index 85c1fc8..ad335b9 100644
--- a/docs/manual/customize.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/customize.txt
@@ -16,6 +16,10 @@ Typical actions you may need to perform for a given project are:
   ** running arbitrary commands prior to generating the filesystem image
+  ** setting file permissions and ownership (using
+  ** adding custom devices nodes (using
 * running arbitrary commands after generating the filesystem image
 * adding project-specific patches to some packages (using

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