Re: Would COMPATIBLE_IMAGE make sense?

Erik Boto

On Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 8:41 AM Josef Holzmayr
<jester@...> wrote:


Am 29.06.2021 um 01:28 schrieb Jonas Vautherin:
I was thinking about my issue described here [1], and discovered the
variables called COMPATIBLE_MACHINE and COMPATIBLE_HOST, which "you can
use to stop recipes from being built for machines (/hosts) with which
the recipes are not compatible". And so I wondered if it would make
sense to add COMPATIBLE_IMAGE, for a similar purpose.

Let me explain my issue: I define different images in different layers
(say `first-project-image` and `second-project-image`), and in each of
those layers I create `.bbappends` to configure some packages. Typically
`hostapd` is used by both images, but with a different config file.

The thing is that when I run `bitbake first-project-image`, because
`second-project-image` is part of my bblayers.conf, then the
hostapd_%.bbappend from `second-project-image` is used and may have an
impact on `first-project-image`, which I don't want. I really want this
bbappend to only affect the image `second-project-image`.

One way I can see to deal with that is to realize that
`first-project-image` and `second-project-image` are two different
projects, and build them from two different BUILDDIRs. The thing I don't
like here is that all the packages are therefore downloaded and built
twice, which seems like a loss of time and space.

That's where I thought about COMPATIBLE_IMAGE. In the hostapd_%.bbappend
of `first-project-image`, I would set "COMPATIBLE_IMAGE =
'first-project-image'", and similarly for "COMPATIBLE_IMAGE =
'second-project-image'". So that I could still share a BUILDDIR between
different projects.
Yocto chant #1 applies: "Recipe data is local, configuration data is
global." Means: the recipe does not see at all which image it is being
built for. So it also can't react to it - you can't check a variable
against something you do not even see.

How bad of an idea is that?
It just doesn't work. If that counts as "bad" is left for you to decide :)

What you actually might use is using different DISTROs for the images,
because that actually what they mean to do: you change the ABI/API of
the image. And you can also define a base DISTRO and COMPATIBLE_DISTRO
derivatives, so its all there already. It just cannot be triggered from
the image, because, well.. see first pragraph of the answer.
I agree with everything Josef said, but just wanted to add that if
it's just different
configurations needed for different images it might be easier to just
put the configs
into separate packages and install the right package in the respective image.

So configuration for first-project-image goes into <somepackage>-foo, and the
config for second-project-image goes into <somepackage>-bar. Then the image
would add the correct configuration package.

This only works for the simple cases, and if you really need to change the way
a package is built the DISTRO way is better.



Thanks in advance,


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