[Buildroot] [PATCH] fs: allow extra arguments to common tarball extraction

Yann E. MORIN yann.morin.1998 at free.fr
Fri Jun 8 17:26:51 UTC 2018

Carlos, All,

On 2018-06-07 20:12 -0300, Carlos Santos spake thusly:
> > From: "Arnout Vandecappelle" <arnout at mind.be>
> > To: "Yann Morin" <yann.morin.1998 at free.fr>, "DATACOM" <casantos at datacom.com.br>
> > Cc: "Thomas De Schampheleire" <thomas.de_schampheleire at nokia.com>, "buildroot" <buildroot at buildroot.org>
> > Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2018 6:03:48 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Buildroot] [PATCH] fs: allow extra arguments to common tarball extraction
> > On 06-06-18 20:51, Yann E. MORIN wrote:
> >> But my position has always been consistent on this topic: the images
> >> that Buildroot generates only ever covers just "basic" situations, using
> >> a single-filesystem layout. Anything that needs to do a multi-filesystem
> >> layout should be done as a new filesystem. Doing it in a new filesystem
> >> is much more flexible than whatever kconfig option we may ever add. And
> >> since we already have this wonderful flexibility, I don't think it makes
> >> sense to add a new option that duplicates only a very limited subset of
> >> that flexibility. That duplication is not good, IMNSHO...
> > 
> > There is (in my even less humble opinion) one way that we can solve this
> > generically: by adding a genimage filesystem. genimage is able to create
> > separate filesystem images for subtrees. so it can cover many use cases in a
> > generic way.
> I'm already working on a patch to convert inner-rootfs into a generic
> inner-filesystem macro. I will submit it for comments soon.

Why do you need to do so? You can use the 'rootfs' macro, as I already
explained, and for which I have already sent a patch to add it to the


> BTW, it took me some time to understand the dual personality of TARGET_DIR
> in fs/common.mk and the role of BASE_TARGET_DIR. Then I found the line in
> the top Makefile with
> I understand that this trick avoids changing fs/*/*.mk replacing each
> reference to TARGET_DIR by a ROOTFS_<FOO>_TARGET_DIR but it reduces
> the readability a lot. I'm compelled to restore it to how it was prior
> to commit 7e9870ce32d.

But if you revert that, then TARGET_DIR points to the original target/
directory, which does *not* contain the completely-finalised content.

Please see the commits around that one for the full picture:

    git log --oneline 14d43aea0a..543107d390

And see the cover-letter that explains the motivations behind all those


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