[riot-devel] Updates to the build system - modules definition
gaetan.harter at fu-berlin.de
Thu Nov 23 15:24:29 CET 2017
Dear RIOT developers,
I would like to introduce some packaging concepts around RIOT.
To consider modules like well defined distribution packages and not only
source files added to an application firmware. This would allow software
architecture/configuration informations to be parseable by external
tools without reading source code and without an application context.
My need is allowing a graphical interface to describe, configure
applications with possibly external modules and generate the Makefile.
I want to start a task force on this in two weeks after some preliminary
discussions on the concepts.
Some of these module information is already present but not in a easy to
get way so it does not fit my need.
To highlight some of the problems:
* it is scattered in different centralized files
o Makes it hard to add external modules
o Needs different files to get one module metadata
* some is defined in a Turing complete language
o Hard to parse
o only available in a compilation context
* some information/configuration only in source files
I am thinking about adding declaratively defined information/metadata on
modules distributed to each module directory. This could be achieved by
changing to a new build system with these features already included.
However, integration into the current build system would be preferred in
order to be able
to incrementally integrate, test and document new changes.
* Initial feedback period of two weeks
* Define and break down intermediate tasks
* Iteration cycles on each sub task and integration
I would like to gather feedback on the concept here, and find interested
people to start working on it, for reviewing, advices, giving their
constraints and implementing if you have time.
I will give a two weeks time limit for the initial review until I start
Thank you in advance.
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