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030 New Tool: mosactl #589

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commented Feb 6, 2019

As i announced in #583, here's a new tool: mosactl


[service|stage] [action] [options] [name]

possible name: helloworld, coolworld, testworld.
(Name can also be a path to a project. This feature is in development.)

if actions is ommited, it's always "build"

# builds the compiler tools. Rebuild is only required if compiler source has been changed.
tools build

# Compiles kernel source to .NET Assembly (.dll)
net build <name>

# Compiles .NET kernel .dll to .bin file
binary build <name>
//binary delete name

# Build the Disk
//disk build <name>
//disk build --efi <name>

# Alias for net, binary and disk at once (typical rebuild when source code of OS has been changed)
build helloworld (calls: cil, binary, disk)

# Run the os. --vm and --build are not implemented yet. Qemu is always used.
run [--vm qemu] [--build] <name>

# Debug the os. GDB on Linux and Mosa Debugger on Windows
debug [--debugger gdb] [--build] <name>

test <name>


# Unix
mosactl run helloworld
# Windows
mosactl.ps1 run helloworld

Will call the following tool chain:

  • build Mosa.Tool.Mosactl.sln
  • build other Mosa Tools & Compiler
  • Compile C# of HelloWorld kernel so .dll
  • Build Kernel binary
  • Launch Qemu with direct kernel boot.

Dependencies will only be invoked, if the files does not exists in filesystem. So there's never a recompile/rebuild of the whole solution, only to launch the kernel a second time. This is a greate improvement.


  • Disks generation is not added yet. It will follow very shortly
  • Better help & validation coming soon
  • Accept Path to forein kernel csproj is planned.
  • Mosactl is not indeed to replace any existing tool. The benefit if mosactl is to bundle all the "every day" tasks in very simple commands, accessable from command lin. Greate for CI/CD, too.
  • Test-Target will be implemented after the current test case is fxed. After that, it will be integrated within the CI/CD pipeline.

@tgiphil tgiphil merged commit 371f5ac into mosa:master Feb 8, 2019

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