Makefiles for a Nitro Parts Collection
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This git repo stores a collection of nitro parts and their associated
xml, python, firmware, rtl, etc. as a collection of submodules. This
top level repo is intended to be as lean as possible so that the
collection of parts can remain custom without worrying about drift
between collections.

First Time Checkout
After checking out a nitro collection for the first time, you will
need to run 'make first' to populate the Makefile directory, which
is a submodule. From there you can run the 'make pull' command as
outlined below.

You will also want to run 'source' to setup your paths

Creating a Collection
To create a collection of parts, simply create a new git repo:
git --init

Then add the Makefiles submodule:
git submodule add git:// src/lib/Makefiles

Now create a link to this README file:
ln -s src/lib/Makefiles/README .

git add README
git commit -m "Initial Revision"

Now you can start adding additional parts as submodules.

Running 'make update' will fetch all the submodules and build the
appropriate directory of xml files and python packages.

If you plan on developing on any of the nitro parts, then you may
want to 'make pull' after you 'make update' have git checkout the
master branch for you of all the nitro parts.

'make status' will tell you that status of all the submodules so
that you can tell if you need to commit any submodules.

'make xml' will rebuild the xml files.
'make py' will rebuld the python library.

Adding a new part

Suppose you want to add a part manufactered by BrooksEE with part number
Example.  Here are the steps you take to get it into the repo as a

- Create the empty shared repo on the server:

  cd /pub/git/prj/nitro_parts_submodules/BrooksEE
  mkdir Example
  cd Example
  git --bare init --shared

- Create a new git repo in the nitro_parts/src directory. 
  cd ~/prj/nitro_parts
  mkdir src/BrooksEE/Example
  cd src/BrooksEE/Example
  git init
- Add some files to the repo.
  git add file1
  git commit -m "initial reivision"

- Push your local repo to the shared repo:

  git remote add origin ubigit:/pub/git/prj/nitro_parts_submodules/BrooksEE/Example
  git push origin master:master

- Create the submodule:
  cd ~/prj/nitro_parts
  git submodule add ubigit:/pub/git/prj/nitro_parts_submodules/BrooksEE/Example src/BrooksEE/Example
  git add .gitmodules
  git commit -m "Added BrooksEE/Example submodule"

- Conventions:
  DI file:
  Every part that has a di file needs have a file in the top called <part_num>.xml.
  So for the above example, you need to create a nitro_parts/src/BrooksEE/Example/Example.xml
  file. That file can be generated, and if it is, you need to create a Makefile in the
  top directory with a target to build the xml file. You need to follow this convention
  to have 'make xml' from the nitro_parts directory correctly export your xml file into
  the correct place.

  Python Code:
  Python code in your submodule should be put in the py/<part_num> directory. You
  should create an file there.  Then users can import your module
  from nitro_parts.BrooksEE import Example

  See instructions below for how to setup your python and di library paths.

- To get your xml and python exported correctly, from the nitro_parts directory run:
  make xml
  make py


DI files (Device Interface files)
The DI (or xml) files associated with each part are collected into
a single directory structure when you run 'make update'. This allows
you to access the DI files from any project, no matter whether it is 
on Unix or Windows, C++, verilog, or python, C#, etc.

The DI files get put in the 'parts' directory. You can change the
'XML_PATH' environment variable to change that. The nitro API has a
static function called load_di(<xml_filename>) that you can use to
easily access this collection. Simply set your 'NITRO_DI_PATH'
environment variable to 'parts' and then you can call
load_di("BrooksEE/UXN2555.xml"), for example. 


After running 'make update', you will have a python package called
'nitro_parts' in the 'py' directory. You can add the 'py' directory to
your 'PYTHONPATH' environment variable or run 'make install' to install
the python packages site wide. Then you can use the parts as in this

from nitro_parts.BrooksEE import UXN2555
import nitro
di = nitro.get_di("BrooksEE/UXN2555.xml")

You will need to either set your 'NITRO_DI_PATH' to point to the
'parts' directory or to your '/usr/share/nitro/parts' path if you ran
'make install'