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32     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">26</td>
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34     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Handling kernels with portage</td>
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40     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Nathaniel McCallum &lt;npmccallum&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;, Joshua Campbell &lt;warpzero&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;</td>
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48     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">2-May-2004</td>
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50 g2boojum 1.2 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">2-May-2004, 11-Nov-2004</td>
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55     <div class="contents topic" id="contents">
56 g2boojum 1.2 <p class="topic-title first"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p>
57 g2boojum 1.1 <ul class="simple">
58     <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
59 g2boojum 1.2 <li><a class="reference" href="#status" id="id3" name="id3">Status</a></li>
60     <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id4" name="id4">Motivation</a></li>
61     <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id5" name="id5">Specification</a></li>
62     <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
63     <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id7" name="id7">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
64     <li><a class="reference" href="#reference-implementation" id="id8" name="id8">Reference Implementation</a></li>
65     <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id9" name="id9">Copyright</a></li>
66 g2boojum 1.1 </ul>
67     </div>
68     <div class="section" id="abstract">
69     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
70     <p>This GLEP proposes to create a more consistent handling of kernels and kernel building.
71     Currently &quot;emerge kernel-name&quot; only installs the sources and does not build anything.
72     &quot;emerge kernel-name&quot; should install only sources OR only a binary kernel, its modules,
73     and a tarballed package of kernel-headers, depending on USE flag.</p>
74     </div>
75 g2boojum 1.2 <div class="section" id="status">
76     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" name="status">Status</a></h1>
77     <p>Timed out</p>
78     </div>
79 g2boojum 1.1 <div class="section" id="motivation">
80 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
81 g2boojum 1.1 <p>Currently, the only automated kernel build proceedure that we have is genkernel. While
82     genkernel is a great tool, its main weakness is that it does not port well to other
83     arches because of the initrd and the lack of good &quot;generic&quot; settings for other arches.
84     This GLEP hopes to overcome this by abstracting the various layers of genkernel and
85     implementing the most common aspect (the build proceedure) into a portage eclass.</p>
86     </div>
87     <div class="section" id="specification">
88 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
89 g2boojum 1.1 <p>There would be 3 layers to kernel building: (place of implementation)</p>
90     <blockquote>
91     <ul class="simple">
92     <li>Stage 1 - Configuring the kernel (optional) -- external utility</li>
93     <li>Stage 2 - Building the kernel -- in an eclass</li>
94     <li>Stage 3 - Building the initrd (optional) -- in an ebuild</li>
95     </ul>
96     </blockquote>
97     <p>Stages 1 and 3 are optional on most arches.</p>
98     <p>Stage 1 would be achieved through a seperate utility (perhaps like the current
99     genkernel). This utility would help the user configure the kernel and any kernel/build
100     related settings. This stage is optional and would only be used if a person wanted a
101     customized kernel settings. One optional thought is to have this utility a part of the
102     base Gentoo system. That way there are less steps to make a custom kernel.</p>
103     <p>Stage 2 would be implimented through an eclass. This stage is not optional. One would
104     perform this step by typing &quot;emerge kernel-name&quot;, where &quot;kernel-name&quot; is the name of
105     the kernel package you want to use (ie. &quot;gentoo-dev&quot;). This package would have a
106     &quot;buildkernel&quot; USE flag. If the flag was not set, it would simply download and install
107     sources like we do currently. However, if the &quot;buildkernel&quot; flag is set, portage will
108     perform the following steps:</p>
109     <blockquote>
110     <ol class="arabic simple">
111     <li>(as a dependency) download and install a tarball of &quot;generic&quot; kernel config files.</li>
112     <li>Check to see if customized kernel config/settings have been set via Stage 1.</li>
113     <li>Portage will use a custom config, if available. Otherwise, a &quot;generic&quot; config.</li>
114     <li>If neither a custom config or a &quot;generic&quot; config is available, die (with message).
115     This is needed as some arches don't/can't have &quot;generic&quot; configs, so they will
116     simply be presented a message telling them to run the utility from Stage 1 (which
117     they obviously skipped).</li>
118     <li>Build the kernel and modules and install them</li>
119     <li>Remove unnecessary files from the sources and tarball it as &quot;kernel-headers&quot;.
120     This tarball provides the appropriate files to build external modules against, like
121     nvidia-kernel, etc... The external modules (when built) will determine the running
122     kernel and unpack the appropriate tarball, to build against, then remove the files.</li>
123     </ol>
124     </blockquote>
125     <p>Stage 3 would merely be an ebuild that constructs an initrd image for either the running
126     kernel or, lacking a running kernel, the newest kernel installed (by version/date installed?).
127     Initrd's can't be used on all arches, so this ebuild can be keyword masked as appropriate.
128     The initrd package would also have a &quot;bootsplash&quot; USE flag (on x86, maybe others) that
129     would build in bootsplash support. Any non-default actions desired by the user can be
130     handled with the utility from Stage 1.</p>
131     <p>This would lead us to several case scenarios (assuming kernel-config is part of the base
132     system):</p>
133     <blockquote>
134     <ol class="arabic">
135     <li><p class="first">default kernel, no initrd: &quot;emerge gentoo-kernel&quot;</p>
136     </li>
137     <li><p class="first">default kernel, initrd: &quot;emerge aa-kernel initrd&quot;</p>
138     </li>
139     <li><p class="first">default kernel, bootsplash initrd: &quot;USE=bootsplash emerge mm-kernel initrd&quot;</p>
140     </li>
141     <li><dl class="first">
142     <dt>non-default kernel, no initrd: &quot;kernel-config gentoo-dev-kernel&quot;</dt>
143     <dd><p class="first last">&quot;emerge gentoo-dev-kernel&quot;</p>
144     </dd>
145     </dl>
146     </li>
147     <li><dl class="first">
148     <dt>non-default kernel, initrd: &quot;kernel-config alpha-kernel&quot;</dt>
149     <dd><p class="first last">&quot;emerge alpha-kernel initrd&quot;</p>
150     </dd>
151     </dl>
152     </li>
153     <li><p class="first">JUST sources, no binary &quot;USE=-buildkernel emerge grsec-kernel&quot;</p>
154     </li>
155     </ol>
156     </blockquote>
157     </div>
158     <div class="section" id="rationale">
159 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
160 g2boojum 1.1 <p>There are many advantages gained by this method:</p>
161     <blockquote>
162     <ol class="arabic simple">
163     <li>Full arch support (GentooInstaller really could use this)</li>
164     <li>More consistent with the rest of portage (installs binaries by building from source)</li>
165     <li>Better user experience</li>
166     <li>More flexability (genkernel forces building of initrd on x86)</li>
167     <li>Don't have to store full kernel sources (each source tree is ~200MB unpacked)</li>
168     <li>Creates the ability to make binary kernel packages for fast installs (think GRP kernel)</li>
169     <li>A seperate package for &quot;generic&quot; kernel config files gives us better version tracking</li>
170     </ol>
171     </blockquote>
172     <p>The major problem is, however, that we currently have two different build systems,
173     portage and genkernel. Having competing build systems is not a GoodThing TM. Therefore,
174     we can either make portage build kernels or we can make genkernel build everything else.</p>
175     </div>
176     <div class="section" id="backwards-compatibility">
177 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
178 g2boojum 1.1 <p>If you want to emerge kernel sources the old way, just do: USE=&quot;-buildkernel&quot; emerge kernel-name</p>
179     <p>Perhaps we could also name the new kernel-config program (from Stage 1) &quot;genkernel&quot; so that users
180     can have a seemless transition.</p>
181     </div>
182     <div class="section" id="reference-implementation">
183 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id8" name="reference-implementation">Reference Implementation</a></h1>
184 g2boojum 1.1 <p>not yet ..</p>
185     </div>
186     <div class="section" id="copyright">
187 g2boojum 1.2 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id9" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
188 g2boojum 1.1 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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