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Re: [opensuse-buildservice] [PATCH] [build] Map Debian ARM arches to OBS
  • From: Adrian Schröter <adrian@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:20:49 +0200
  • Message-id: <5470840.fTU3tWistQ@scherben>
Am Mittwoch, 28. März 2012, 04:49:01 schrieb Adrian Schröter:
Am Dienstag, 27. März 2012, 22:43:35 schrieb Hector Oron:
Hello Adrian,

On 27/03/12 22:32, Adrian Schröter wrote:
Am Dienstag, 27. März 2012, 20:55:41 schrieb Hector Oron:
Debian ARM arches:
- Debian 'armel', which defaults to ARMv4t (soft) maps to armv[4567]l
- Debian 'armhf', which defaults to ARMv7 (hard-float) maps to armv7hl

Note Ubuntu 'armel' deprecated after 'precise' release, defaults to
(softfp). So Ubuntu 'armel' should really map armv7l, but its out of
for this patch.

Hm, doesnt it make sense to map armv7l and armv7hl to armhf ? AFAIK there
are no
arm cpus on v7 level without hardware fp.

On the other hand this is about optimization level here and not hardware

As I understand armv7hl is hard-float ABI, hence 'armhf'.

armv7l can be ARMv7/softfp as Ubuntu was doing on their ARM port
(armel), hence makes sense to me to map armv7l to 'armel'.

OTOH, Debian armel can run on any of those platforms, armv[4567]l, maybe
armv[4567]el should be added to the list. In other words, if I am
building armv7l debian packages I would expect them to use 'armel'
dependencies, while if I am building armv7hl, I would expect to build
against 'armhf' dependencies.

As a side note, I also see 'armv8el', I think that one comes from MeeGo,
and it should be deprecated and mapped in the future to aarch64 (64-bit
ARM architecture).

That one is pure fantasy and will have nothing in common with real upcomming
armv8, I think.

But also architectures like armv7hl or armhf are fantasy when it comes to the
kernel. They are just a hack in the packagemanagement to avoid to handle ABI
on dependency level. But it makes for example impossible to install static
binaries armv7l
on armv7hl and vice versa. Even though it would run on real hardware.

Or it would be thinkable to have also an entire set of packages with softfp
on hardfp and vice
versa. For that reason I selected just "armv7l" for our hardfp optimized
But I agree that we seems to be special in the arm world with that way (so in
worst case
we need to switch to armv7hl as well and need to make armv7l and armv7hl as
equivalent to avoid
the describe problems) :/

In any case we have the problem now that we can not detect the ABI from the
architecture now...

We can take your patch now, but armhf will not be selected right in our
default settings.

I would be happy, if anyone has a better proposal here.

Thinking again on the way to work about it, I think the following is the right

1) Take your patch as is (done) ;)

2) Keep schedulers running on armv7l only, because we have just one pool of
systems to build
for. The same machines can handle armv7 softfp and hardfp (is this right?, I
am no expert in arm

For our openSUSE arm distro:

3) Define default _cpu_target as armv7hl, so we get also .armv7hl.rpm packages

4) Trim our rpm on arm to handle armv7l and armv7hl as equivalent.

5) extend library depend&provides handling with a "(hf)" extension to be able
to distinguish
between hardfp and softfp packages on the same installation.

Note: The last point 5) would make our rpms incompatible with the ones from
Fedora. But
it is IMHO the only way to handle mixed installations and the fedora
way is IMHO
technical just wrong.

I would be happy to hear some more opinions on this.

Adrian Schroeter
SUSE Linux Products GmbH
email: adrian@xxxxxxx

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