Adventures in tinderbox 2


If you stumbled into this post first you may want to have a look over this previous post as we are building upon steps covered there.

So far we have got our world binaries built and these are the foundation of the environments we setup for testing our port builds. From here we create a tinderbox build. Within tinderbox a build refers to a combination of world binaries (the tinderbox jails we setup before) and a version of the ports files. It is probably a rare case but it would appear that you could setup a build using say netbsd pkgsrc system or similar, the most likely alternative to the official ports system would be an internal development branch of the ports source.

The first step is to setup the ports files to be used. A cvs checkout is shown in the docs and you could adjust the svn usage from yesterday if you have your own local svn repo (official ports are still in cvs at this point). The examples in the docs show a source checkout that is unique to your tinderbox setup. I think using the system installed ports will be enough for what I want and will bypass the confusion of three copies of the ports files. Personally I use portsnap to update my system ports tree and create or update a port there to test and develop it. Then I have a copy within my home folder that is an svn checkout from my redports account that I transfer changes to that I want to keep, and commit as desired from there. While my personal folder is just the ports I make changes to, I don't want a third copy just for test builds, so what I will use here is a user defined update method that will run portsnap anytime I want to update the ports tree. We have two options here, 1. create a portsTree with no update method leaving us to run portsnap manually as desired. 2. create a portsTree with a user update method. The first option is straight forward and acceptable for most but I want to look at option 2 here.

Reading the docs you may jump straight in and use a command like cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./tc createPortsTree -p FreeBSD -u USER -m /usr/ports and get errors and no ports tree setup. The docs don't help here so I went digging through the scripts and found the answer. When you create a portstree with a user defined update method it looks for the update script when it is first setup. The solution is simple. If we are creating a portstree called FreeBSD then we create a file in tinderbox/portstrees/FreeBSD and call it update.sh and for this example I want it to run portsnap so I use the following contents - #!/bin/sh portsnap fetch update Then run the createPortsTree command with the -u USER option. Simple and a good basis of any custom update you want to setup. You could even use this to run portsnap and then merge files from your personal ports repo automatically. This setup script is run with the command ./tc updatePortsTree

You may also want to share your local distfiles with tinderbox. Pretty easy and the one setup is shared across all portstree configs -

cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./tc configDistfile -c /usr/ports/distfiles

Now that we have our jails and portsTree setup it is time for the build. Remember a tinderbox build is a combination of a specific jail and portsTree and is straight forward -

cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./tc createBuild -b 10-CURRENT-clang -j 10-CURRENT -p FreeBSD -d "10-CURRENT building with clang"

The name I used there may raise a few questions but first lets consider what variations of builds we want to use.

The aim of using tinderbox is to test building under a variety of conditions, in this case primarily different system versions. To that end we started by creating 2 jails with different versions of world binaries, you may have extended that number and I encourage you to do so but I use two in these examples. From FreeBSD 9.0 we are moving away from a  dependency on gcc as the main compiler and now include clang within the base system. Being in the early transition of this is a bit awkward as not all ports build with the old gcc v4.2 that is included with base and not all ports build with clang either. Well ports changes need to be tested with each compiler so we may get a full ports build happening on any system install. One option we have is to specify what version of gcc is used to build our port. Easy till we get linking issues with something like boost installed with gcc42 and not linking with a gcc46 built port (that is my early guess and may not be the location of a solution). So anyway I am suggesting that a number of builds are setup to test building with clang as well as gcc. This will only apply to 9.0 and higher, 8.3 has just entered beta1 and doesn't appear to include clang. The other question you may have is that I only put clang in the name, how does it know to build with clang? It doesn't yet - that comes in a minute.

Well using the two jails we built yesterday lets setup the builds -

cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./tc createBuild -b 10-CURRENT-clang -j 10-CURRENT -p FreeBSD -d "10-CURRENT building with clang" ./tc createBuild -b 10-CURRENT-gcc -j 10-CURRENT -p FreeBSD -d "10-CURRENT building with gcc" ./tc createBuild -b 9-STABLE-clang -j 9-STABLE -p FreeBSD -d "9-STABLE building with clang" ./tc createBuild -b 9-STABLE-gcc -j 9-STABLE -p FreeBSD -d "9-STABLE building with gcc"

Now we have four builds setup to test our ports in. As I suggested before you should also consider having at least an 8-STABLE jail setup and maybe even a 7-STABLE one as well if not more. As clang is not included in 7 or 8 there is no need to setup two builds for each, I would still use gcc in the build name though.

At this point you will find a few directories have been created. The first you will probably see is tinderbox/{BUILDNAME} so if your following along you will have four there corresponding to each build you setup. The next ones are inside tinderbox/builds and have the same names as the four we just looked at. The dirs inside builds contain a Makefile with all the package  dependencies and although you may think make.0 and make.1 are makefiles they are in fact logs containing the log of the last compile done, each port compile is run in two phases, and a more than likely empty duds file. The top level dirs are where all the work is done. For each port you make, tinderbox will extract the tarball found in the corresponding jail build and mount the various points needed for portstrees/distfiles/devfs/procfs. From that you can work out that each build starts up in a unique environment (it uses chroot) completely isolated for your test make. Each environment is cleaned up after each test make and the log files will include files left behind if you get your pkg-plist incorrect.

Now to configuring the compiler to use. When you first test making your port and look at a log file you may notice that the timestamp at the start is all wrong. That will be a wrong timezone setting and gets us close to the compiler settings. First lets set the timezone, so edit the file tinderbox/scripts/etc/env/GLOBAL and add the following line (adjusted to match your timezone of course)

export TZ=Australia/Adelaide

You can see that it uses a bash style environment setting. Within the same folder we want to create a config file for each build we setup using the name build.{BUILDNAME} and have it contain the CC options that we wish to use. Before you go thinking about copying all your /etc/make.conf settings consider the purpose of this - testing against a minimum system config to ensure your port is as compatible as possible. Those with a custom edited make.conf need to handle their own port build conflicts with the options they want to use. So here all we want to do is set the compiler to use. To make this easy let's make a script, I will put this inside tinderbox/scripts and lets call it gencompilerenvfiles.sh

#!/bin/sh cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts/etc/env for BNAME in `ls ../../../builds | grep clang` do if [ ! -e build.$BNAME ] then cat > build.$BNAME <<CCOPTIONS export CC=clang export CXX=clang++ export CPP=clang-cpp CCOPTIONS fi done for BNAME in `ls ../../../builds | grep gcc` do if [ ! -e build.$BNAME ] then cat > build.$BNAME <<CCOPTIONS export CC=gcc export CXX=g++ export CPP=cpp CCOPTIONS fi done

Pretty straight forward if you know some shell scripting, if it's a bit beyond what you know it simply gets a list of dirs from within builds and outputs three lines to a corresponding config file for each one. The script won't touch files that already exist, so delete them if you want a clean slate or adjust if you want to add to existing files. The first loop uses grep to get clang named builds the second gcc. Is it overkill specifying gcc for the gcc builds - yep - but it keeps things consistent and also gets the CC setting output to the log file to remove any confusion when looking over them later, or more to the point when you get someone else to look over them for some help.

Now your all setup to use tinderbox to test your ports building. While the docs say you can do an adhoc build with just the tinderbuild command I find that not to be the case, the two command you use are

cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./tc addPort -b 10-CURRENT-clang -d graphics/blender ./tc tinderbuild -nullfs -b 10-CURRENT-clang graphics/blender

The first time you build a port it may take a while - it will build each  dependency needed, basically running make package-recursive for your port. Next time it will just pkg_add each dependancy and build the port you ask it to. The -nullfs option is needed if you setup the nullfs mount for portstree as shown above (or maybe it is for distfiles?). This adds some more dirs for you as well.

tinderbox/packages/{BUILDNAME} will contain all the packages created by that build. You will find a folder for each category containing links to the corresponding package inside the All dir.

tinderbox/logs/{BUILDNAME} will contain log files of each port compiled for that build.

tinderbox/errors/{BUILDNAME} will contain copies of the log files that had errors - this is probably all your really interested in.

That's about all you need to get up and running with tinderbox. I think I will do one more post covering some housekeeping and other notes. To close off I'll show a script I use to automate running any number of ports inside every build you have configured, I save it in tinderbox/scripts and call it testbuilds.sh

#!/bin/sh ## auto build passed ports for every tinderbox build setup ## works on assumption that /usr/ports is used for tinderbox portstree ## to test that the portname is correct cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts if [ ! $# -gt 0 ] then echo "Usage: ${0##*/} [category/portname ...]" echo "Multiple ports can be listed - space separated list" exit 1 fi for TESTPORT in "$@" do if [ ! -e "/usr/ports/$TESTPORT" ] then echo "********************" echo " /usr/ports/$TESTPORT doesn't exist" echo "********************" else for BNAME in `ls ../builds` do echo "***** Building $TESTPORT" ./tc addPort -b $BNAME -d ${TESTPORT} ./tc tinderbuild -nullfs -b $BNAME ${TESTPORT} done fi done

So to make use of the script

cd /usr/local/tinderbox/scripts ./testbuilds.sh graphics/blender graphics/luxrender ports-mgmt/tinderbox

and it will go through and compile each port with every tinderbox build you have setup.


10175 comments

Mortgage rates's picture

Hello! I could have sworn I've visited this website before
but after browsing through some of the posts I realized it's new to me.

Anyhow, I'm definitely pleased I found it and I'll be
book-marking it and checking back frequently!

Ufabet App's picture

It's going to be ending of mine day, however before end I am reading this impressive piece of writing to improve my experience.

football 6 word memoirs's picture

Thank you for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further post thanks once again.

Cool travel blog's picture

I'm truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog.

It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me
to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out
a developer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

Growth Hacking Marketing's picture

These are actually impressive ideas in about blogging.
You have touched some good things here. Any way keep up wrinting.

buy games's picture

Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Finding the time and actual effort
to make a very good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate
a lot and never manage to get anything done.

Royal's picture

Very quickly this web site will be famous among all blog users, due to it's good content

Off-Page SEO Techniques's picture

Hello to every one, it's truly a fastidious for me to go to see this
website, it includes valuable Information.

Fort wayne wedding photographers's picture

I for all time emailed this webpage post page to all
my friends, as if like to read it then my links will too.

short term rental miami beach's picture

Hi there! This article couldn't be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this information to him.
Fairly certain he'll have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

miami beach rentals short term's picture

Great article! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our site.
Keep up the good writing.

LiteBlue sign in's picture

My brother recommended I would possibly like this blog.
He used to be totally right. This submit truly made my day.

You cann't imagine just how a lot time I had spent for this
information! Thanks!

Oliver Isaacs's picture

Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea
shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell
to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had
to tell someone!

kearney center's picture

continuously i used to read smaller articles that
also clear their motive, and that is also
happening with this post which I am reading at this time.

green smoothie detox recipes's picture

Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running
off the screen in Internet explorer. I'm not sure if
this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I'd
post to let you know. The layout look great though!
Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers

minneapolis corporate event photographer's picture

Usually I do not learn article on blogs, but I wish to say
that this write-up very forced me to check out and do it!
Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice
post.

protection tape's picture

I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that
you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this
increase.

ferro sheet's picture

I visited many websites but the audio feature for audio songs current at this web site is actually excellent.

Ark Survival Evolved's picture

My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely right.
This post truly made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for
this information! Thanks!

Ark Survival Evolved's picture

With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism
or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I've either authored myself
or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help reduce
content from being ripped off? I'd certainly appreciate it.

destinations in ho chi minh city's picture

Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the site is extremely good.

online sports betting's picture

I think the admin of this website is genuinely working hard in support of his web page, as here every information is quality based
material.

bunny fucker's picture

Hi, i think that i noticed you visited my site so i got here to go back the
want?.I'm trying to in finding things to enhance my site!I suppose its good
enough to make use of a few of your ideas!!

DigitalPatrioten's picture

Your mode of describing everything in this article
is genuinely fastidious, all be capable of effortlessly know it, Thanks
a lot.

multiple listing services's picture

I am genuinely happy to read this weblog posts
which consists of tons of useful information, thanks for providing such
data.

double sided tape's picture

You made some really good points there. I looked on the internet to learn more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

ห้องจัดเลี้ยง's picture

For newest news you have to visit the web and on web I found this site as a
finest web site for newest updates.

lecker smoken's picture

Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anywhere, when i read this paragraph i thought i could also create comment due to this brilliant post.

anleitung smokerbau's picture

Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will
make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back from now on. I want to encourage one
to continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

online sports betting's picture

Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I've really enjoyed surfing around
your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping you write once
more very soon!

Corine's picture

If some one needs to be updated with newest technologies
afterward he must be go to see this website and be up to date everyday.

3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Discs's picture

Keep on writing, great job!

sports betting online's picture

Appreciating the hard work you put into your blog and in depth information you offer.
It's nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same unwanted rehashed material.

Fantastic read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Jeep accessories's picture

Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established
blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty
fast. I'm thinking about making my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions?
With thanks

Тентовые Конструкции's picture

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup?

I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I'm not very internet savvy so I'm not 100% positive.
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

Project Portfolio Management Dashboard's picture

Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging
on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always
be useful to read through content from other writers and practice a little something from other
sites.

สล็อตออนไลน์ฟรีเครดิต's picture

Its not my first time to visit this website, i am visiting
this site dailly and take nice facts from here all the time.

Ara's picture

hey there and thank you for your info - I've certainly picked
up anything new from right here. I did however expertise several
technical points using this website, as I experienced to reload the website
lots of times previous to I could get it to load properly.

I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times
will very frequently affect your placement in google and can damage
your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords.

Well I'm adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective
fascinating content. Ensure that you update this again soon.

brooklyn property management's picture

Thanks very nice blog!

Erin's picture

I'm gone to tell my little brother, that he should also go to see this webpage on regular basis to
get updated from newest reports.

party jacuzzi london's picture

After looking at a handful of the blog articles on your
site, I honestly like your way of writing a blog. I book marked it
to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future.
Take a look at my website as well and tell me how you feel.

Unique accessories's picture

I'm curious to find out what blog system you're working with?
I'm having some minor security problems with my latest blog and
I would like to find something more safeguarded.
Do you have any suggestions?

Travel style's picture

This post is truly a pleasant one it helps new web viewers, who are wishing
for blogging.

Indoor Positioning System's picture

I'm really inspired together with your writing skills
and also with the structure in your weblog.
Is that this a paid theme or did you modify it your self?
Anyway keep up the nice high quality writing, it's rare to see a nice
weblog like this one today..

www.kotakanime.net's picture

Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get
listed in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
Thank you

Dentist in ISlamabad's picture

This piece of writing provides clear idea in support of the new visitors of blogging, that in fact how to do blogging.

Taxi to Baden's picture

Hi there, its fastidious article about media print, we all
be aware of media is a enormous source of data.

interior design ireland's picture

Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and include approximately
all vital infos. I would like to see extra posts like
this .

family dentistry's picture

I've been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of area
. Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site.
Studying this information So i am happy to show that
I've a very excellent uncanny feeling I discovered exactly
what I needed. I most indubitably will make certain to do
not put out of your mind this web site and provides it a glance regularly.

dvi to hdmi's picture

Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing
this post and also the rest of the site is very good.

Pages

Add new comment