Quilt is a little tool used to manage patches. The project is hosted on savannah forge and can be found in debian package repository.
Using quilt in Armadeus project
Quilt is useful when linux kernel or buildroot modification must be done. Because Armadeus use official linux/buildroot sources, each specific modification for our platform must be done with a patch. And patches are versionned on Armadeus sourceforge repository in directory /home/fabien/Projects/exer/software/bsp/buildroot/target/device/armadeus/linux/kernel-patches/ for Linux kernel and in patches/buildroot for buildroot.
To use it under Armadeus Project, a simple script was written to simplify it : quiltify.sh. Launch it from the root project :
[ ] $ ./scripts/quiltify.sh
Then answer questions (defaults are recommended). For linux kernel, quiltify will rename your source directory and download/patch/compile again the sources.
quiltify is used when patch are stored in Armadeus standard directory. For specific projects, where patches are stored elsewhere it doesn't work. To do this, you can follow this procedure:
- linux-dirclean: linux kernel should be rebuild from scratch then first we have to cut the branch (in bsp root directory do):
$ make linux-dirclean
- linux-extract: We have to just extract virgin linux source (don't compile yet):
$ make linux-extract
- Once extract done, go to linux source directory and add patch one by one :
$ cd buildroot/output/build/linux-5.3-rc4/ # Import patches one by one: $ quilt import /Path/to/personnal/kernel/patches/my_wonderful_patch.patch # All patches from a directory: $ quilt import /Path/to/personnal/kernel/patches/*.patch
Play with quilt
Once you done it, you can go to linux sources directory buildroot/project_build_armv5te/apf27/linux-18.104.22.168 then list all patches applied to with quilt command :
[ ] $ quilt applied 015-armadeus-logo-add_armadeus-project_tux.patch 016-armadeus-imxfb-add_platform_specific_init_exit_functions.patch 018-armadeus-i2c-imx-add_driver_to_linux_build_system.patch … 336-armadeus-imxfb-makes_it_compatible_with_arch_imx.patch 337-armadeus-imxfb-add_lcd_clock_def_for_imx_platform.patch 338-denx-mxcgpio-emulates_interrupt_on_both_edges.patch 339-apf27-armadeus-spidev.patch
If you want to create a new patche, just use new quilt command. Then before modifying linux file, add it to quilt with add command.
The file can be modified according to your wish.
Once modification done, you can generate the patch using refresh command. To add yours patches in the right directory, go to your project root then launch the script with export command :
[ ] $ ./scripts/quiltify.sh export
Your patch is now ready to be committed on Armadeus sourceforge.
The man page of quilt is a good documentation, it's strongly recommended to read it before using it.