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Use cases

Guix can be used for faster testing:
  • It can build software that uses autotools and Android.mk Makefiles
  • We might be able to use it to iterate over different Android versions, to test libsamsung-ril changes for various RIL API way faster (without even having to use it in a specific Replicant version, use repo, etc).
  • It's more self contained than the whole Replicant source code
TODO:
  • Import the compilation flags for various Replicant versions like -Werror -Wnounused to make sure that everything is usable in all Replicant versions.
  • Finish packaging libsamsung-ril
  • Add more automatic testing either in libsamsung-ipc / libsamsung-ril and or in the unofficial Guix packages.

Implementation

Guix currently uses android-make-stub to build Android software using Android.mk.

There are some comments in Guix source code that cross compilation isn't supported for the android-ndk build system.

Practically speaking it means that Guix won't be able to build any BUILD_SHARED_LIBRARY, BUILD_SHARED_LIBRARY or BUILD_STATIC_EXECUTABLE, however building the HOST_* counterpart works fine.

To workaround that they simply do replace them in the Android.mk during the build procedude:
  • BUILD_SHARED_LIBRARY becomes BUILD_HOST_SHARED_LIBRARY
  • BUILD_SHARED_LIBRARY becomes BUILD_HOST_STATIC_LIBRARY
  • BUILD_STATIC_EXECUTABLE becomes BUILD_HOST_STATIC_EXECUTABLE

For instance we have:

   (arguments
    `(#:phases
      (modify-phases %standard-phases
             (delete 'bootstrap)
             (add-before 'build 'patch-host
                 (lambda _
                   ;; TODO: Cross-compile.
                   (substitute* "Android.mk" 
                        (("BUILD_SHARED_LIBRARY") "BUILD_HOST_SHARED_LIBRARY")
                        ;; (("BUILD_STATIC_LIBRARY") "BUILD_HOST_STATIC_LIBRARY")
                        ;; (("BUILD_STATIC_EXECUTABLE") "BUILD_HOST_STATIC_EXECUTABLE")
                        )
                   #t))
             )))

Here the (delete 'bootstrap) is because the build is done in several phases, and here the bootstrap phase wasn't overriden by the android-ndk build system yet. As a result it tried to run autogen.sh. That might be because in libsamsung-ipc there is both an android build system and an autotools based one.

Example

Updated by Denis 'GNUtoo' Carikli 5 days ago · 5 revisions