Compiling GCC to run inside HelenOS is for quite some time on the ToDo list of HelenOS. I decided to give it a try and if you want to follow what I did so far, carry on reading.
GCC itself has several dependencies that have to be compiled first. This was already described during GSoC but unfortunately the project didn't make it through.
Currently, the only option for compiling all these libraries is to
cross compile them outside of HelenOS.
This looks like a simple job because most of GNU software has special
configure scripts that shall simplify
But studying the
intrusive.sh from the binutils
port reveals that
it is not always that simple.
However, for simple libraries this approach shall work.
Theoretically, it shall be sufficient to just call
--host argument and specify a few
CFLAGS and we are done.
Practically, there has to be done more than that.
I decided to first play with porting zlib compression
library that has virtually no dependencies and its
configure is pretty simple.
After few attempts to correctly set the
CFLAGS that always resulted
in awful screams from the configuration script, I realized that I
have to automate this work at least a bit.
Thus the script
configure-for-helenos.sh was born.
You can find it in my HelenOS scripts
repository on GitHub.
The script gets directory with HelenOS sources as a parameter and
extracts from it all the necessary settings, such as path to the
cross-compiler or flags for it and then calls the
Thus, instead of manually specifying all the flags and paths into
HelenOS source tree, you only specify path to HelenOS source root and
the script does the rest.
So, let's try it on zlib
Let's unpack them and configure the library using the helper script.
Assuming you placed the script into
~/bin/, the following command
will do the trick - used options are described later.
-d ~/helenos/mainline \
The meaning of individual arguments is following. The normal parameters specify the script to run and any arguments to it. Here we call the standard configuration script and we specify that we want only static library. The individual options are:
- Path to HelenOS sources. HelenOS has to be already configured and built.
- Execute the script (
env, passing settings as environmental variables instead of parameters to
configure. The difference is shown below.
- The build process links the binary by calling compiler, not linker directly.
- Moreover, (pretty standard) variable
LDFLAGSis completely ignored and shall be merged into
- Just be more verbose.
The difference between running with
--run-with-env is following.
Without this option, the
configure is run as
./configure --static \
CC=gcc CFLAGS="-whatever -flags -you -want"
while with this option,
env is invoked first.
env CC=gcc CFLAGS="-whatever -flags -you -want" \
The configuration is pretty short and below is a sample output for
Building static library libz.a version 1.2.7 with \
Checking for off64_t... Yes.
Checking for fseeko... Yes.
Checking for strerror... Yes.
Checking for unistd.h... Yes.
Checking for stdarg.h... Yes.
Checking whether to use vs[n]printf() \
or s[n]printf()... using vs[n]printf().
Checking for vsnprintf() in stdio.h... Yes.
Checking for return value of vsnprintf()... Yes.
Checking for attribute(visibility) support... Yes.
./configure: line 719: ./ztest5950: \
cannot execute binary file
Looking for a four-byte integer type... Not found.
The mentioned error only means that
configure was trying to
determine 4B integer type by launching a simple application and it
did not succeed.
Unsurprisingly, since the binary was compiled for MIPS-32 while the
build was running on AMD-64.
But it still works.
Then, just run
It shall execute okay and produce
libz.a static library and
To try a live demo, copy the
Then in terminal (in HelenOS) run
The second listing shall display
textdemo.gz instead of
Cool, isn't it?
And that is all for now. Next time, I will describe building some of the real GCC dependencies. If you are impatient, you may try it by yourself - there is a short explanation in the README of the HelenOS scripts repository. Please, note that so far I do not have a working GCC for HelenOS and it is possible that this serie will end with a pessimistic scream such as it doesn't work and it won't work because abc until we xyz. Stay tuned ;-).