On Thu, 2013-06-20 at 09:49 -0400, Bruce Ashfield wrote:
On 13-06-20 04:40 AM, Rifenbark, Scott M wrote:
Hi,are disadvantages and advantages to each of these methods of which I
Recently, Paul, Ross, Richard and I had a video conference meeting where we had some initial discussion on how to satisfy YOCTO #2808 (https://bugzilla.yoctoproject.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2808), which calls for an illustration showing source and destination directories during a build using YP. This bug originated from a discussion Dave Stewart and I had a while back around an idea of a more detailed "flow diagram" that would go into greater detail than the now famous and ubiquitous "The Yocto Project Development Environment" illustration, which appears in the YP Quick Start (http://www.yoctoproject.org/docs/1.4/yocto-project-qs/yocto-project-qs.html) and has been used in many other places and in many other forms (some quite elaborate).
We can't really create a completely accurate, all-encompassing illustration that breaks apart the entire build process. It is not a static thing and it is quite complicated inside the BitBake process. We can, however, show where metadata comes from, how it is provided, what it defines, where and how source files are found, what processes occur, what output is produced, and where it ends up. We can also provide some sort of idea of how key BitBake and environment variables affect things along the way. The idea here is to dig deeper into this conceptual figure and root out the details to a level that would be useful to the user but not impossible to maintain or develop. This type of information can be communicated through a mix of several illustrations with supporting text.
This first meeting started with some detailed discussion of the configuration inputs for a typical YP build but soon migrated to discussing the bigger picture and possible ways to provide more information. It became obvious we were not going to dig the solution and all the needed information out in one short meeting. Consequently, I am sending out this email to help open up some discussion on the issue and to also solicit information for some basic blocks of information.
Two things are needed at this point: 1) a presentation solution for this new and more detailed information, and 2) a starting point on some of the information itself.
Here are some thoughts on how to present this information. There
will not list. I would like to see what people think about them:
the YP Reference Manual that holds this information. The section
* Manual - Create a section in the "Technical Details" Chapter of
would be pretty much self-contained and would consist of several
illustrations that would stem from an overall figure that is similar
to the figure we now have in the YP Quick Start. However, we would
use a drill-down strategy that would progressively reveal more detail
through subsequent figures. This method is similar to how hardware
devices used to be documented where functional blocks would be
connected and described in one area and then subsequent areas would
elaborate more deeply on a particular block. Linking within the
manual could connect up the various functional blocks (inputs,
outputs, and tasks) that comprise the overall flow.
Manual and some pages in the YP Website that provide the information.
* Manual / Website Mix - Devise a mix between the YP Reference
Create a section in the "Technical details" Chapter of the YP
Reference Manual that covers this information at a high level. For
example, the overall flow of the system with its "big-block" inputs
and outputs and tasks could be discussed at some length. Links in the
text could go to the YP website where more detail would be revealed.
This strategy effectively splits the content into "overview" and
"details" between the manual and website, respectively.
website. This area would exist in a stand-alone fashion. However,
* Website - With this strategy, everything is pretty much in the YP
you could link to the website from within the existing YP
documentation set from existing areas that deal with the build
process. Several exit points from within the manual set already
exist. We would obviously add a primary one as well that would likely
originate from the YP Reference Manual's "Technical Details" Chapter.
I'm wondering if a hybrid is possible here. Can we for example embed
image maps into the docbook so that if you hover over areas of the
image, you can then have links to the different sections?
SOLICITATION FOR INFORMATIONsome obvious points or large areas of the flow. What would be nice to
We can get started now on this by starting to define details for
get would be some graphical breakdowns of these areas of concern:
Just so I'm clear .. are you looking for graphical breakdowns to be
* User-defined layers
* YP provided layers
* User configuration
* Machine Configuration
* Policy Configuration
* YP provided recipes
* User provided source code
* YP provided source code
* Generated images
* Generated SDKs/toolchains
* Package Output
* Source fetching process
* Patch application process
* Configuration process (fragments, etc.)
created and sent,
or information offered so graphical breakdowns can be created ?
The reason I ask, is that if there's any interest in the linux-yocto
(for lack of a better term) flow being described graphically, I'm
happy to offer up information, but my graphical skills are limited
to what you find in a typical hackers bag of ticks :)
I suggested that Scott try and accumulate information for each topic
like the following:
Code Areas: Bitbake Fetch Module (bitbake/lib/bb/fetch2, called from
Tasks Covered: do_fetch/do_unpack
Key Variables: SRC_URI, checksums etc
Code Areas: classes/image*.bbclass classes/rootfs*.bbclass
Tasks Covered: do_rootfs
Key Variables: PACKAGE_INSTALL
along with a description about what the function
* Key variable use and effects
* User-initiated commands along the way
Much of this list is directly from our existing "The Yocto Project
Development Environment" illustration.
al block does and when its used. The above would then link into the
Yocto Project Documentation
yocto mailing list
class reference, the variable glossary and so on. So its less about
graphics and more about giving Scott the information to create a kind of
details index of some of these parts of the system like an expanded
table of contents.
I've suggested a good start would be picking a few areas (like the
above) and trying to create the info and maybe see what kind of diagram
would present itself from that. If successful, it could then be expanded
to each area. I'd certainly hope that linux-yocto would be one area