deriving BSP from powerpc/shared

Ralf Corsepius ralf.corsepius at
Sun Oct 16 03:50:06 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-10-14 at 14:57 -0700, Till Straumann wrote:
> I have problems with creating a new BSP that inherits from powerpc/shared.
> In the usual way, the BSP inherits from the shared area by using VPATH
> and overrides specific files by providing its own version which is found
> first on VPATH.
Sorry, I have to disagree: "VPATH is evil", and relying on VPATHS is
"bad, bad, bad design".

> This works fine for C files but the semantics for headers are different:
> The Makefile.ams in the shared area actually cause some of the shared
> headers to be installed --> during the 'preinstall' step, the 'shared' 
> headers are installed and *not* the BSP specific ones.
I don't understand, what you are referring to.
c/src/lib/libbsp/powerpc/shared/ on CVS-trunk doesn't install

> Shouldn't the 'shared' area just be a mere repository for files and the
> 'make' process never really build anything in the 'shared' area?
Well, in an ideal world, there would not be any "shared code", there
would be libraries, BSPs would like to link into and headers specifying

> The BSP would then have to explicitely mention all the files it needs/wants
> and it has complete control.
That's the current status on CVS-trunk.

> How would you, Ralf, address this problem?
By, entirely abandoning shared code and replacing it with libraries with
a properly defined API.


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