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Emery Hemingway 6d6d585f0f Refactor of packaging and testing
- Remove manifests from Dhall configurations and mix all
   test inputs to generate test ROM maps.

 - All loader and timer drivers are name ld.lib.so and timer_drv.

 - Replace packages of multiple Genode Labs targets with functions
   to build individual targets. These packages are not explicitly
   specified unless they require inputs from the source ports or
   extra nativeBuildInputs.

 - Add support for building from Genode world repository.
2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
apps Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
compositions Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
lib Write boot image configuration to file during compilation 2020-03-07 14:03:16 +01:00
LICENSES Use flake apps for tests 2020-01-24 14:46:51 +01:00
packages Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
tests Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
tool Clean dead expressions 2019-09-25 13:48:34 +02:00
.CC0-1.0.png Relicense as CC0-1.0 2020-01-24 14:46:41 +01:00
.gitignore Add .history to .gitignore 2020-01-24 14:46:51 +01:00
.gitmodules Update dhall-haskell, enable tests for Hydra 2019-10-10 00:49:18 +02:00
flake.lock Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
flake.nix Refactor of packaging and testing 2020-03-18 19:39:57 +05:30
README.md Add testing section to README 2020-02-06 12:33:11 +01:00

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Genodepkgs is nexus of Nix expressions related to the Genode OS framework.


Packaging is done using standard Nixpkgs methods, a stdenv is available for cross-compilation. See Solo5 as an example.

System description format

The high-level interface to system building are boot descriptions. These Dhall documents describe the configuration of an Init instance and a store of ROM (Read-Only Memory) modules. These description can be used to build firmware-like binary images or merged and nested within other descriptions. In theory these descriptions can arrange file-systems, but those functions are missing.

The description schema is documented as code: https://git.sr.ht/~ehmry/dhall-genode/tree/master/Boot/package.dhall

Package manifests

Software packages are described my manifest documents, which can be used to build the ROM map in boot descriptions. This manifests can be automatically generated and made available within Nix builds and dev-shells via environmental variables. This may seem awkward, but consider that this is to support building firmware systems without a $PATH or even a file-system.

An example manifest:

{ bin =
    { init = { mapKey = "init", mapValue = "/nix/store/.../bin/init" }
    , vfs  = { mapKey = "vfs",  mapValue = "/nix/store/.../bin/vfs" }
, lib =
    { vfs =
        { mapKey = "vfs.lib.so", mapValue = "/nix/store/.../lib/vfs.lib.so" }

Referenced in a boot configuration:

let m = env:MANIFEST -- take the manifest from the shell environment

let rom = Genode.Boot.toRomPaths [ m.bin.init, m.bin.vfs, m.lib.vfs ]

in  { config = Genode.Init.default, rom = rom } : Genode.Boot.Type


At the moment every user needs to also act as distro developer, designing how packaging works needs to be done before packages can be submitted at will. Patches can be submitted and issues reported via the mailing list. The mailing list is the minimum viable mechanism for community development, and may be replaced later.

The worksites at the moment are:

  • Generation of documentation on internal types and functions. By generating a comprehensive single document early, we should be able to refactor and prune the internals faster.

  • Testing framework for simple and multi-machine tests.

  • Patching standard Nixpkgs packages via an overlay. Workflow and tooling needs to be explored for building emulated UNIX environments.

  • LLVM testing and upstreaming patches.

  • Formalizing Dhall configuration types.

  • Configuration validation via a service routing prover.

Nix Flakes

This repository is structured as a Nix flake, which is an experimental extension of Nix tooling. The flakes capable Nix frontend is available from Nixpkgs as nixFlakes.

Switching to flakes

All users regardless of distro must add the following to ~/.config/nix/nix.conf to enable flakes:

experimental-features = nix-command flakes ca-references

NixOS users may switch to flakes using the following configuration:

{ pkgs, ... }:
  nix.package = pkgs.nixFlakes;

  # The following enables the use of a binary cache
  nix.binaryCaches = [ "https://cache.server7.hq.c3d2.de" ];
  nix.binaryCachePublicKeys = [

Non-NixOS users may install flakes using the following shell commands:

$ curl https://nixos.org/nix/install | sh
$ nix-env -iA nixpkgs.nixFlakes

Add will want to add this to their /etc/nix/nix.conf file:

substituters = https://cache.nixos.org/ https://cache.server7.hq.c3d2.de/
trusted-public-keys = cache.nixos.org-1:6NCHdD59X431o0gWypbMrAURkbJ16ZPMQFGspcDShjY= cache.server7.hq.c3d2.de:x8JLRG26zRZ8ysYZLEkPxuAYuK1VSJi/aMAEIs2Lv+U=

Building from flakes

As a user

$ nix flake add genodepkgs git+https://git.sr.ht/~ehmry/genodepkgs
$ nix build genodepkgs#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-pci

# View the log if the result is already cached:
$ nix log genodepkgs#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-pci

As a hacker

$ git clone https://git.sr.ht/~ehmry/genodepkgs
$ cd genodepkgs
$ nix build .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-pci

# View the log if the result is already cached:
$ nix log .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-pci


The Genode Labs toolchain is available here only for Linux and in binary form. However, an experimental LLVM cross-compiler is provided here. Bootstrapping GCC has not been practical due to its recursive autotools build system.


Bootstrapping the build tooling can take several hours on a laptop, therefore it is recommended enable the binary caches and to farm massive rebuilds to large multicore machines. The Nix flake is prepared for continuous builds with a Hydra, but only the experimental flakes capable Hydra.

C3D2 Hydra

A publicly available Hydra is provided by CCC Dresden at https://server7.hq.c3d2.de/. The machine is only reachable over IPv6 and therefore inaccessible to SculptOS.


Tests are performed using QEMU and a test driver similiar to what is used by NixOS (ours has not been ported to Python however). The test artifacts are built as follows:

# Build a test log from a QEMU test run:
nix build .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-solo5-net

# Build an ISO of the test run:
nix build .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-solo5-net.iso

# Build the top-levl XML configuration of a test:
nix build .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-solo5-net.xml

# Build the [SOTEST](https://opensource.sotest.io/) artifacts of a test run.
nix build .#checks.x86_64-linux-x86_64-genode.nova-solo5-net.sotest


Some of terms that follow are necessary for understanding packaging methodology, Others are simply introduced as an aid to the reader:

  • Upstream - repositories packaged by expressions in this repository

  • Downstream - repositories depending on this repository

  • OS ABI - The binary interface to an operating system. In the case of Genode this does not include kernel interfaces, as system calls are abstracted via dynamically linked procedures.

  • localSystem - the CPU and OS ABI pair used to evaluate and compile packages. Genode cannot natively instantiate Nix derivations, therefore it cannot be a localSystem ABI.

  • crossSystem - the target CPU and OS ABI pair for packages. In the common case the ABI will be Genode. In the case of tooling it may be the same as localSystem. For software that runs bare-metal the CPU is significant but ABI is irrelevant.

  • buildPlatform - equivalent to localSystem.

  • hostPlatform - the platform on which a package will execute.

  • targetPlatform - the platform for which a package will produce artifacts. This is only significant for software such as compilers. The respective build, host, and target platform of a compiler that was built on a Solaris, executes on Genode, and produces only Haiku binaries would be Solaris, Genode, and Haiku.

  • Flake - a code repository containing a flake.nix file describing dependency repositories. The evaluation of flakes may only form ascyclic graphs. Repositories packaged here may themselves contain a flake.nix file that refers to this repository, but these repositories cannot be inputs to the Genodepkgs flake.

  • Genode core - Genode component of highest privilege. The core is located conceptually at the bottom and root of the component tree. Core might be directly above the kernel, or acting as the kernel. The role of core is a subset of the role of the kernel in a monolithic system.

  • Lower - lowering a subsystem is moving it closer to the Genode core and increasing privilege.

  • Raise - raising a subsystem is moving it further away from the Genode core and decreasing privilege.

  • Package - undefined


This repository is for trivial packaging algebra and metadata that exists only for the sake of richer and more meaningful code in external repositories. All works committed to this repository, unless otherwise noted, shall be implicitly licensed under a CC0 1.0 public domain dedication.