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authorGravatar Simon Dawson <spdawson@gmail.com>2013-03-17 23:13:47 +0000
committerGravatar Peter Korsgaard <jacmet@sunsite.dk>2013-03-19 23:10:49 +0100
commit5538e4766201aa0c1c23721cfc99cbbde595964b (patch)
tree27adb945477693e075b5b2eb4f6e1cc639eeaa69 /docs
parent424d69bc9b48e08398fce3adafd0c5c94edc7281 (diff)
rework patch model
At the Buildroot Developers Meeting (4-5 February 2013, in Brussels) a change to the patch logic was discussed. See http://elinux.org/Buildroot:DeveloperDaysFOSDEM2013 for details. In summary: * For patches stored in the package directory, if package/<pkg>/<version>/ does exist, apply package/<pkg>/<version>/*.patch, otherwise, apply package/<pkg>/*.patch * For patches stored in the global patches directory, if $(GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR)/<pkg>/<version>/ does exist, apply $(GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR)/<pkg>/<version>/*.patch, otherwise, apply $(GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR)/<pkg>/*.patch This patch adds the new BR2_GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR configuration item, and reworks the generic package infrastructure to implement the new patch logic. [Peter: fixup doc nits as pointed out by Thomas] Signed-off-by: Simon Dawson <spdawson@gmail.com> Acked-by: Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni@free-electrons.com> Tested-by: Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni@free-electrons.com> Acked-by: Samuel Martin <s.martin49@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Peter Korsgaard <jacmet@sunsite.dk>
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3 files changed, 36 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/docs/manual/customize-packages.txt b/docs/manual/customize-packages.txt
new file mode 100644
index 0000000000..1820c544e5
--- /dev/null
+++ b/docs/manual/customize-packages.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,23 @@
+// -*- mode:doc -*- ;
+Customizing packages
+It is sometimes useful to apply 'extra' patches to packages - over and
+above those provided in Buildroot. This might be used to support custom
+features in a project, for example, or when working on a new architecture.
+The +BR2_GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR+ configuration file option can be
+used to specify a directory containing global package patches.
+For a specific version <packageversion> of a specific package <packagename>,
+patches are applied as follows.
+First, the default Buildroot patch set for the package is applied.
+If the directory +$(BR2_GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR)/<packagename>/<packageversion>+
+exists, then all +*.patch+ files in the directory will be applied.
+Otherwise, if the directory +$(BR2_GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR)/<packagename>+
+exists, then all +*.patch+ files in the directory will be applied.
diff --git a/docs/manual/customize.txt b/docs/manual/customize.txt
index 3b1a5a7342..0456ef16f0 100644
--- a/docs/manual/customize.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/customize.txt
@@ -15,3 +15,5 @@ include::customize-kernel-config.txt[]
diff --git a/docs/manual/patch-policy.txt b/docs/manual/patch-policy.txt
index 0f55b26dc3..d2250ad0cd 100644
--- a/docs/manual/patch-policy.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/patch-policy.txt
@@ -11,8 +11,9 @@ necessary to patch the source of the software to get it cross-built within
Buildroot offers an infrastructure to automatically handle this during
-the builds. It supports two ways of applying patch sets: downloaded patches
-and patches supplied within buildroot.
+the builds. It supports three ways of applying patch sets: downloaded patches,
+patches supplied within buildroot and patches located in a user-defined
+global patch directory.
Providing patches
@@ -45,6 +46,13 @@ application order.
reference in their filename.
- The field +<number>+ in the patch file name refers to the 'apply order'.
+Global patch directory
+The +BR2_GLOBAL_PATCH_DIR+ configuration file option can be
+used to specify a directory containing global package patches. See
+xref:packages-custom[] for details.
How patches are applied
@@ -57,7 +65,7 @@ How patches are applied
tarballs are applied;
. If there are some +*.patch+ files in the package directory or in the
- a package subdirectory named +<packagename>-<packageversion>+, then:
+ a package subdirectory named +<packageversion>+, then:
* If a +series+ file exists in the package directory, then patches are
applied according to the +series+ file;