bbappend on top of bbappend

Paul D. DeRocco

In meta-oe/recipes-graphics/xinput-calibrator (Danny branch, currently
used by Gumstix), there's a recipe called, which
installs a script for running a touchscreen calibration app if not already

there's a bbappend for this recipe, which declares a local file called
xinput-calibrator.service, which is supposed to run the above script on
startup. It inherits the systemd bbclass, which I assume knows how to
install this service file automagically, since there's no explicit
do_install copying the file anywhere.

The trouble is, on my Gumstix, the service fails because it needs a
DISPLAY environment variable to tell it what display to calibrate. I
figured the simplest thing to do would be to add an Environment=DISPLAY=:0
line to the service unit file.

My shameless hack was to add a ROOTFS_POSTPROCESS_COMMAND that runs sed on
the final copy of this service file in the rootfs, to insert the
Environment= line, and that works. But I'd rather just provide my own
version of the file, and use another .bbappend to prepend its file
location to FILESEXTRAPATHS, overriding the one in the systemd .bbappend

So I tried that, just putting the following two lines into my own

FILESEXTRAPATHS_prepend := "${THISDIR}/files:"
PRINC := "${@int(PRINC) + 1}"

and of course putting the tweaked service file into my files subdirectory.
On starting the build, it almost immediately spat this out:

phics/xinput-calibrator/xinput-calibrator_git.bbappend'] to

(That was all on one line, of course.)

The do_rootfs failed, and its log says that xinput-calibrator is an
unknown package, and that it can't satisfy the dependency from

I read somewhere that stacked bbappends are handled in the order of layer
priority. Mine is 5, the meta-systemd layer is 7. I don't know which is
"higher", or if one wants a higher or lower priority in order to be the
last one to prepend to the path. But somehow, I think my problem is a
little more fundamental.

Can anyone give me a little guidance here?


Ciao, Paul D. DeRocco

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