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authorSamuel Martin <>2012-11-11 03:14:46 (GMT)
committerPeter Korsgaard <>2012-11-15 22:58:48 (GMT)
commitdf469937a5878fb26de1616c4de7100a4ef3f58a (patch)
parent483a1f82811a744e4683395986beceb0486a0c1d (diff)
manual: update rebuilding-packages.txt
- update "Understanding how to rebuild packages" section - add "Understanding when a full rebuild is necessary" section Signed-off-by: Samuel Martin <> Signed-off-by: Peter Korsgaard <>
1 files changed, 41 insertions, 24 deletions
diff --git a/docs/manual/rebuilding-packages.txt b/docs/manual/rebuilding-packages.txt
index 824b35c..2225200 100644
--- a/docs/manual/rebuilding-packages.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/rebuilding-packages.txt
@@ -1,5 +1,39 @@
// -*- mode:doc -*- ;
+Understanding when a full rebuild is necessary
+A full rebuild is achieved by running:
+$ make clean all
+In what cases, a full rebuild is mandatory:
+* each time the toolchain properties are changed, this includes:
+** after changing some toolchain option under the _Toolchain_ menu (if
+ the internal Buildroot backend is used);
+** after running +make ctng-menuconfig+ (if the crosstool-NG backend
+ is used);
+** after running +make uclibc-menuconfig+.
+* after removing some libraries from the package selection.
+In what cases, a full rebuild is recommended:
+* after adding some libraries to the package selection (otherwise,
+ some packages that can be optionally linked against those libraries
+ won't be rebuilt, so they won't support those new available
+ features).
+In other cases, it is up to you to decide if you should or not run a
+full rebuild, but you should know what is impacted and understand what
+you are doing anyway.
Understanding how to rebuild packages
@@ -42,27 +76,10 @@ files are relevant:
Buildroot will trigger the recompilation of the package from the
compilation step (execution of +make+).
-For other packages, an analysis of the specific '' file is
-needed. For example, the zlib Makefile used to look like this (before
-it was converted to the generic package infrastructure):
-$(ZLIB_DIR)/.configured: $(ZLIB_DIR)/.patched
- (cd $(ZLIB_DIR); rm -rf config.cache; \
- [...]
- )
- touch $@
-$(ZLIB_DIR)/libz.a: $(ZLIB_DIR)/.configured
- $(MAKE) -C $(ZLIB_DIR) all libz.a
- touch -c $@
-If you want to trigger the reconfiguration, you need to remove
-+output/build/zlib-version/.configured+. If you want to trigger only
-the recompilation, you need to remove
-Note that most packages, if not all, will progressively be ported over
-to the generic or autotools infrastructure, making it much easier to
-rebuild individual packages.
+- Since the _Buildroot-2012.11_ release, all packages rely on the
+Buildroot infrastructures.
+- Only toolchain packages remain using custom makefiles (i.e. do not
+use any Buildroot infrastructure).
+- Most packages and toolchain packages, if not all, will progressively
+be ported over to the generic, autotools or CMake infrastructure,