[Buildroot] [PATCH 2/4] skeleton-custom: install /bin, /lib, and /sbin

Carlos Santos casantos at datacom.ind.br
Mon May 7 11:16:48 UTC 2018

> From: "Thomas Petazzoni" <thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com>
> To: "Carlos Santos" <casantos at datacom.ind.br>
> Cc: "buildroot" <buildroot at buildroot.org>, "yann morin 1998" <yann.morin.1998 at gmail.com>, "Thomas De Schampheleire"
> <thomas.de_schampheleire at nokia.com>
> Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 4:08:11 AM
> Subject: Re: [Buildroot] [PATCH 2/4] skeleton-custom: install /bin, /lib, and /sbin

> Hello Carlos,
> On Sun,  6 May 2018 18:31:14 -0300, Carlos Santos wrote:
>> skeleton-custom does not install the required /bin, /lib and /sbin
>> directories (or symlinks), which may result in an imcomplete tree, The
>> user could add the required directories/symlinks to the skeleton but
>> they maye be invalid, depending on the state of BR2_ROOTFS_MERGED_USR.
> maye -> may


>> Steps to reproduce:
>> - Set BR2_ROOTFS_SKELETON_CUSTOM_PATH to "system/skeleton"
>> - Run "make skeleton"
>> - target/{bin.lib,sbin} will not exist
>> INSTALL_STAGING_CMDS, so the required directories or symlinks are
>> created.
>> Add a paragraph to the documentation clarifying that custom skeletons
>> should not contain /bin, /lib or /sbin.
> Maybe I don't understand the full scope of the problem, but to me, it
> looks weird that the full contents of the skeleton (default or custom)
> are not copied to the target root filesystem. It goes against the basic
> expectations of what the skeleton is.
> Of course, I am fine with checking that the skeleton complies with the
> BR2_ROOTFS_MERGED_USR option, but preventing the skeleton from
> having /bin, /lib and /sbin looks weird. So much that it needs to be
> mentioned in the documentation.

Notice that I used “should” in the documentation, not “must”. It is
still OK to have /bin, /lib and /sbin in custom skeletons and rootfs
overlays if BR2_ROOTFS_MERGED_USR is not set.

Carlos Santos (Casantos) - DATACOM, P&D
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