illumos-extra: extra software for illumos distributions
This repository, illumos-extra, is a collection of software which falls
into two categories: either it is an illumos build and/or run-time
dependency or it is a piece of additional software that SmartOS uses.
For example, the
binutils directories are examples of
illumos dependencies, while
lldp are examples of extra
pieces of software that SmartOS uses to form its core ram-disk.
illumos-extra is a fundamental part of the SmartOS build process;
however, it may be used outside of building SmartOS itself.
Building is broken down into two different phases. The first phase is
strap phase, short for bootstrap. It builds all of build-time
dependencies for illumos and the rest of the SmartOS build. This is a
minimal subset of the software. The core guiding principle of this
phase to eliminate the dependencies for building illumos and thus
SmartOS from the build system itself. This allows the build system to
evolve independently of the requirements of building the system itself.
The second phase of the build occurs after illumos has been built. While the first phase uses libraries from the build system, the second phase only uses the headers and libraries from the proto area of the illumos build. This adds an important and necessary constraint: software built against the proto area cannot be run on the build system itself, it must be thought of and treated like a cross-compilation environment.
Every directory in illumos-extra contains a source tarball, a GNU compatible makefile, and optionally, a series of patches that should be applied to the source code. illumos-extra uses recursive gmake to build each component directory. As most of these projects are based around the ecosystem of GNU autoconf, a preset series of Makefiles are provided to take care of building and installing the software. Additional autoconf options and patches are specified in these per-directory makefiles.
The top-level makefiles,
Makefile.targ.autconf ensure that the proper directories, prefixes,
and compilers are used based on whether the strap build is running or
binutils does not always properly perform incremental builds. (OS-3122)
Various pieces of software run programs from the proto area as part of their build.
The following components live in illumos-extra that should more likely be a part of illumos itself:
- g11n - Provides iconv modules for internationalization
- make - Provides Sun parallel make, the
They will not be removed until the projects have been integrated upstream.
Bugs and Contributing
If you encounter any issues with the build process, please reach out to us and file a bug on http://github.com/joyent/illumos-extra/issues. Bug fixes and other contributions are accepted, they should be submitted to the illumos-extra github repository.