State of Linaro layers for OpenEmbedded

As I will leave Linaro at the end of May I would like to write a summary of current state of Linaro layers for OpenEmbedded.

At Linaro we have 3 layers:

  1. meta-aarch64
  2. meta-linaro
  3. meta-linaro-toolchain

First one is BSP kind. I know that it had some issues which affected each build which had it in BBLAYERS but I fixed those issues. I would like to thank Khem Raj for pointing me at those.

We have git version of binutils there due to some changes which were not present in 2.23 line. But use of this version is not required as builds are fine with OE Core one.

We have “tune-armv8.inc” in this layer as well. There was attempt to merge that into OE Core but “/lib or /lib64″ discussion started and at that time I decided to skip it. There are similar discussions at GCC and Glibc mailing lists. Once they sort that out OE tune file will be adapted by someone (I hope).

Rest of recipes can be split into 2-3 types. Few (like sysprof, emacs) just disable recipes for AArch64. Other have extra patches to add missing functionality or defines. And we have Linaro kernel for AArch64 there.

Second layer has ARMv7a(b) machine definitions used for our machine independent builds and some recipes.

There are no patches for OE recipes here. The only exception is busybox where we enable “dpkg(-deb)” command which we need for our tools used to merge rootfs with hardware support.

We have “recipes-extra” where we keep new recipes which may not be in a nicest state so are not yet merged into OpenEmbedded (or have no use there like “meta-toolchain-hhvm” one).

“recipes-linaro” is for our stuff. Images, automatic root shell on serial port etc.

And finally is toolchain layer. Everything here is related to gcc-linaro and Linaro binary cross toolchains (armv7a and aarch64 ones). GCC 4.6 and 4.7 is there but 4.6 one will be removed when 4.8 will be added into OE Core.

Who will maintain those layers after my leave? This was not decided yet. There are few guys at Linaro who know how to use OpenEmbedded but I think that most of them is outside of Builds and Baselines team.

If you have any questions then better ask now.

One thought on “State of Linaro layers for OpenEmbedded

  1. Fathi Boudra

    I’ll disagree with your last sentence. There’s a few people in B&B Team who know how to use OE. They didn’t have to step up since you’ve done a great job in maintaining it ;)

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