The following outlines common directory locations:
Documentation- project documentation
releng_tool/api/- api for supporting releng-tool extensions
releng_tool/engine/- core implementation
releng_tool/ext/- extensions that are maintained in the official tree
releng_tool/extract/- translate fetched content to a build’s working area
releng_tool/fetch/- support for fetching content from package sites
releng_tool/tool/- definitions for host tools used by tool features
test/- testing-related content for this project’s implementation
releng-tool is built on the Python language and aims to be the minimum
dependency for users of the tool. Specific features enabled by a developer’s
project may require additional tools (e.g. using Git to fetch sources requires
git to be installed); however, a user should not be required to install
tools for features that are not being used.
Developers are free to submit contributions for this project. Developers wishing to contribute should consult this project’s CONTRIBUTING document. A reminder that any contributions must be signed off with the Developer Certificate of Origin.
Implementation (source, comments, commits, etc.) submitted to this project should be provided in English.
A user invoking releng-tool will attempt to operate in a project root directory.
Any content managed by this tool (e.g. creating directories, downloading
sources, etc.) should all be performed inside the root directory. Some
exceptions exist where a user requests to adjust the download directory (i.e.
Packages can describe where external content should be fetched from. The most
common fetching method is a simple URI-style fetch such as downloading an
archive from an HTTP/FTP location. Assets acquired in this manner are downloaded
into the root directory’s download folder (e.g.
<ROOT>/dl). The extraction
phase will later use this folder to find package content to prepare against.
releng-tool also supports the fetching of content from version control systems.
Sources can either be fetched and placed into an archive, in a similar fashion
as fetching an archive from HTTP/FTP locations, or sources can be fetched into a
“cache directory” if supported (typically distributed version controlled
sources). For example, Git repositories (see also Git’s
--git-dir) will be
stored in the root directory’s cache folder (e.g.
<ROOT>/cache). During the
extraction stage, target revisions will be pulled from the cache location using
Not all packages will fetch content (e.g. placeholder packages).
In most cases, the extraction phase will process archives (e.g.
.zip, etc.) and place their content into a package’s build working
directory. Implementation will vary for fetching implementation which stores
content into a cache directory. For example, Git and Mercurial sources have
their own extraction implementations to pull content from their respective
distributed file systems into a package’s build working directory.
Host and Build environment¶
releng-tool attempts to minimize the impact of a host system’s environment on a project’s build. For example, the build phase of a package should not be pulling compiler flags provided from the host system’s environment. These flags should be provided from the package definition. Tools invoked by releng-tool will attempt to be invoked to ignore these external environment variables. Some exceptions apply such as environment variables dealing with authorization tokens.
Developers wishing to provide extensions to releng-tool should consult the API
implementation found in this tool’s repository (
Implementation in the API folder aims to be “API safe” – there is a strong
attempt to prevent the changing of classes, methods, etc. to prevent
compatibility issues as both releng-tool and extensions (if any) evolve. A
developer for a releng-tool project would register an extension to load using
extensions configuration option inside the project configuration
#!/usr/bin/env python # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- ... extensions = [ 'ext-custom', ]
On start, releng-tool will use this extension configuration to find and invoke the setup stage for each available extension.
An extension will define
releng_setup to be registered into releng-tool. The
call will provide an instance to the releng-tool application which allows an
extension to register custom fetching, extraction and package implementations.
#!/usr/bin/env python # -*- coding: utf-8 -*- import releng_tool.api def releng_setup(app): # explicit version check for releng-tool version (if needed) app.require_version('<version>') # fetch support (for custom fetch implementation) app.add_fetch_type('ext-myextension', <impl>) # extraction support (for custom extraction implementation) app.add_extract_type('ext-myextension', <impl>) # package support (configure, build, installation modifications) app.add_package_type('ext-myextension', <impl>)
For more information on available API interfaces, see the documentation found inside the API implementation.
Improvements to this project’s documentation (found inside
are always welcome – not only for adding/updating documentation for releng-tool
features but also translations.
For users interested in translations for this project, please consult the following repositories:
releng-tool - Translationsreleng-tool - Translations Builder