blob: 9a41a88ac34af4197ac6a3a7584794c0243ad93f [file] [log] [blame]
Understanding how to rebuild packages
One of the most common questions asked by Buildroot users is how to
rebuild a given package or how to remove a package without rebuilding
everything from scratch.
Removing a package is currently unsupported by Buildroot without
rebuilding from scratch. This is because Buildroot doesn't keep track
of which package installs what files in the +output/staging+ and
+output/target+ directories. However, implementing clean package
removal is on the TODO-list of Buildroot developers.
The easiest way to rebuild a single package from scratch is to remove
its build directory in +output/build+. Buildroot will then re-extract,
re-configure, re-compile and re-install this package from scratch.
However, if you don't want to rebuild the package completely from
scratch, a better understanding of the Buildroot internals is
needed. Internally, to keep track of which steps have been done and
which steps remain to be done, Buildroot maintains stamp files (empty
files that just tell whether this or that action has been done). The
problem is that these stamp files are not uniformly named and handled
by the different packages, so some understanding of the particular
package is needed.
For packages relying on Buildroot packages infrastructures (see
xref:add-packages[this section] for details), the following stamp
files are relevant:
* +output/build/packagename-version/.stamp_configured+. If removed,
Buildroot will trigger the recompilation of the package from the
configuration step (execution of +./configure+).
* +output/build/packagename-version/.stamp_built+. If removed,
Buildroot will trigger the recompilation of the package from the
compilation step (execution of +make+).
For other packages, an analysis of the specific '' file is
needed. For example, the zlib Makefile used to look like this (before
it was converted to the generic package infrastructure):
$(ZLIB_DIR)/.configured: $(ZLIB_DIR)/.patched
(cd $(ZLIB_DIR); rm -rf config.cache; \
touch $@
$(ZLIB_DIR)/libz.a: $(ZLIB_DIR)/.configured
$(MAKE) -C $(ZLIB_DIR) all libz.a
touch -c $@
If you want to trigger the reconfiguration, you need to remove
+output/build/zlib-version/.configured+. If you want to trigger only
the recompilation, you need to remove
Note that most packages, if not all, will progressively be ported over
to the generic or autotools infrastructure, making it much easier to
rebuild individual packages.