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[[Metro]] is the build system for [[Funtoo Linux]] and [[Gentoo Linux]] stages. It automates the bootstrapping process.
|Summary=A small, dynamic tiling window manager for X11.
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|CatPkg=x11-wm/spectrwm
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This tutorial will take you through installing, setting up and running [[Metro]].
|Maintainer=
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|Homepage=https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/spectrwm
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= Preface =
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== How Metro Works ==
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You may be wondering how [[Metro]] creates its first stage tarball. As you may have guessed, [[Metro]] cannot create a stage tarball out of thin air. To build a new stage tarball, [[Metro]] must use an existing, older stage tarball called a "seed" stage. This "seed" stage typically is used as the ''build environment'' for creating the stage we want.
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[[Metro]] can use two kinds of seed stages. Traditionally, [[Metro]] has used a stage3 as a seed stage. This stage3 is then used to build a new stage1, which in turn is used to build a new stage2, and then a new stage3. This is generally the most reliable way to build [[Gentoo Linux]] or [[Funtoo Linux]], so it's the recommended approach.
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{{fancyimportant|'''After switching metro builds to Funtoo profile, Gentoo stages are no longer provided'''!}}
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== Seeds and Build Isolation ==
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Another important concept to mention here is something called ''build isolation''. Because [[Metro]] creates an isolated build environment, and the build environment is explicitly defined using existing, tangible entities -- a seed stage and a portage snapshot -- you will get consistent, repeatable results. In other words, the same seed stage, portage snapshot and build instructions will generate an essentially identical result, even if you perform the build a month later on someone else's workstation.
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== Local Build ==
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Say you wanted to build a new <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 tarball. The recommended method of doing this would be to grab an existing <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 tarball to use as your seed stage. [[Metro]] will be told to use this existing <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 to build a new stage1 for the same <tt>pentium4</tt>. For this process, the generic <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 would provide the ''build environment'' for creating our new stage1. Then, the new stage1 would serve as the build environment for creating the new <tt>pentium4</tt> stage2. And the new <tt>pentium4</tt> stage2 would serve as the build environment for creating the new <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3.
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In the [[Metro]] terminology this is called a '''local build''', which means a stage3 of a given architecture is used to seed a brand new build of the same architecture. Incidentally this will be the first exercise we are going to perform in this tutorial.
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A week later, you may want to build a brand new <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 tarball. Rather than starting from the original <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 again, you'd probably configure [[Metro]] to use the most-recently-built <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 as the seed. [[Metro]] has built-in functionality to make this easy, allowing it to easily find and track the most recent stage3 seed available.
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== Remote Build ==
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[[Metro]] can also perform '''remote build''', where a stage3 of a different, but binary compatible, architecture is used as a seed to build a different architecture stage3. Consequentiality the second exercise we are going to perform in this tutorial will be to build a <tt>core2 32bit</tt> stage3 tarball from the <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 tarball we have just built.
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TODO: add caveats about what archs can be seeded and what can be not (maybe a table?)
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== Tailored Build ==
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Last, it's also worthy noting that both in <tt>local</tt> and <tt>remote builds</tt>, [[Metro]] can be configured to add and/or remove individual packages to the final tarball.
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Let's say you can't live without <tt>app-misc/screen</tt>, at the end of this tutorial, we will show how to have your tailored stage3 to include it.
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== Installing Metro ==
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'''The recommended and supported method''' is to use the Git repository of [[Metro]].  First, ensure you remove the {{Package|dev-util/metro}} package if you had installed it:
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<console>
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# ##i##emerge -aC dev-util/metro
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</console>
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Then ensure that {{Package|dev-vcs/git}} and {{Package|dev-python/boto}} are installed on your system:
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<console>
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# ##i##emerge dev-vcs/git
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# ##i##emerge dev-python/boto
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</console>
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Next, clone the master git repository as follows:
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<console>
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# ##i##cd /root
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# ##i##git clone git://github.com/funtoo/metro.git
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# ##i##ln -s /root/metro/metro /usr/bin/metro
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# ##i##cp /root/metro/metro.conf ~/.metro
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</console>
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You will now have a directory called <tt>/root/metro</tt> that contains all the [[Metro]] source code.
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Metro is now installed. It's time to customize it for your local system.
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= Configuring Metro =
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{{Note|Metro is not currently able to build Gentoo stages. See {{Bug|FL-901}}.}}
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[[User:Drobbins|Daniel Robbins]] maintains [[Metro]], so it comes pre-configured to successfully build [[Funtoo Linux]] releases. Before reading further, you might want to customize some basic settings like the number of concurrent jobs to fit your hardware's capabilities or the directory to use for produced stage archives. This is accomplished by editing <tt>~/.metro</tt> which is the [[Metro]]'s master configuration file.
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Please note that <code>path/install</code> must point to where metro was installed. Point <code>path/distfiles</code> to where your distfiles reside. Also set <code>path/mirror/owner</code> and <code>path/mirror/group</code> to the owner and group of all the files that will be written to the build repository directory, which by default (as per the configuration file) is at <code>/home/mirror/funtoo</code>.
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{{file|name=.metro|desc=Metro configuration|body=
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# Main metro configuration file - these settings need to be tailored to your install:
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[section path]
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install: /root/metro
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tmp: /var/tmp/metro
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distfiles: /var/src/distfiles
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work: $[path/tmp]/work/$[target/build]/$[target/name]
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[section path/mirror]
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: /home/mirror/funtoo
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owner: root
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group: repomgr
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dirmode: 775
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[section portage]
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MAKEOPTS: auto
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[section emerge]
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options: --jobs=4 --load-average=4 --keep-going=n
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# This line should not be modified:
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[collect $[path/install]/etc/master.conf]
 
}}
 
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{{Note|Spectrwm was previously known as Scrotwm.}}
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==== Introduction ====
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== Arch and Subarch ==
From their page:
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spectrwm is a small dynamic tiling window manager for X11. It tries to stay out of the way so that valuable screen real estate can be used for much more important stuff. It has sane defaults and does not require one to learn a language to do any configuration. It was written by hackers for hackers and it strives to be small, compact and fast.
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In the following example we are creating a pentium4 stage 3 compiled for x86-32bit binary compatibility. Pentium4 is a subarch of the x86-32bit architecture. Once you have metro installed you may find a full list of each subarch in your <tt>/root/metro/subarch</tt> directory each subarch will have the file extension .spec
==== Installation ====
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Example:
 
<console>
 
<console>
# ##i##emerge x11-wm/spectrwm
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###i## ls /root/metro/subarch
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# ls subarch/
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amd64-bulldozer-pure64.spec  armv7a.spec          core-avx-i.spec        i686.spec        pentium.spec
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amd64-bulldozer.spec        armv7a_hardfp.spec  core2_32.spec          k6-2.spec        pentium2.spec
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amd64-k10-pure64.spec        athlon-4.spec        core2_64-pure64.spec    k6-3.spec        pentium3.spec
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amd64-k10.spec              athlon-mp.spec      core2_64.spec          k6.spec          pentium4.spec
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amd64-k8+sse3.spec          athlon-tbird.spec    corei7-pure64.spec      native_32.spec    pentiumpro.spec
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amd64-k8+sse3_32.spec        athlon-xp.spec      corei7.spec            native_64.spec    prescott.spec
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amd64-k8-pure64.spec        athlon.spec          generic_32.spec        niagara.spec      ultrasparc.spec
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amd64-k8.spec                atom_32.spec        generic_64-pure64.spec  niagara2.spec    ultrasparc3.spec
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amd64-k8_32.spec            atom_64-pure64.spec  generic_64.spec        nocona.spec      xen-pentium4+sse3.spec
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armv5te.spec                atom_64.spec        generic_sparcv9.spec    opteron_64.spec  xen-pentium4+sse3_64.spec
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armv6j.spec                  btver1.spec          geode.spec              pentium-m.spec
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armv6j_hardfp.spec          btver1_64.spec      i486.spec              pentium-mmx.spec
 
</console>
 
</console>
Xlockmore is also needed
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= First stages build (local build) =
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To get this all started, we need to bootstrap the process by downloading an initial seed stage3 to use for building and place it in its proper location in <tt>/home/mirror/funtoo</tt>, so that [[Metro]] can find it. We will also need to create some special &quot;control&quot; files in <tt>/home/mirror/funtoo</tt>, which will allow [[Metro]] to understand how it is supposed to proceed.
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== Step 0: Optional Quick Copy of Portage Tree ==
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There is a quick step you can perform to avoid having Metro re-clone the entire Portage tree. Perform this as root:
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<console>
 
<console>
# ##i##emerge x11-misc/xlockmore
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# ##i##install -d /var/tmp/metro/cache/cloned-repositories
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# ##i##cat /root/metro/etc/builds/funtoo-current/build.conf  | grep name
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# ##i##name: ports-2012
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# ##i##cp -a /usr/portage /var/tmp/metro/cache/cloned-repositories/ports-2012
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# ##i##cd /usr/portage; git checkout funtoo.org
 
</console>
 
</console>
  
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== Step 1: Set up pentium4 repository (local build) ==
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Assuming we're following the basic steps outlined in the previous section, and building an unstable funtoo (<tt>funtoo-current</tt>) build for the <tt>pentium4</tt>, using a generic <tt>pentium4</tt> stage3 as a seed stage, then here the first set of steps we'd perform:
  
==== Setup ====
 
===== xinitrc =====
 
Edit ~/.xinitrc:
 
<pre>
 
exec spectrwm
 
</pre>
 
Copy /etc/spectrwm.conf to your home dir as an hidden file.
 
 
<console>
 
<console>
$ ##i## cp /etc/spectrwm.conf ~/.spectrwm.conf
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# ##i##install -d "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"
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# ##i##cd "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"
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# ##i##install -d 2011-12-13
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# ##i##cd 2011-12-13
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# ##i##wget -c http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/2011-12-13/stage3-pentium4-funtoo-current-2011-12-13.tar.xz
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# ##i##cd ..
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# ##i##install -d .control/version
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# ##i##echo &quot;2011-12-13&quot; &gt; .control/version/stage3
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# ##i##install -d .control/strategy
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# ##i##echo &quot;local&quot; &gt; .control/strategy/build
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# ##i##echo &quot;stage3&quot; &gt; .control/strategy/seed
 
</console>
 
</console>
You can edit spectrwm.conf to suit your needs. The file is thoroughly commented so you won't feel lost.
 
  
==== Bindings (default) ====
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OK, let's review the steps above. First, we create the directory <tt>"${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"</tt>, which is where Metro will expect to find unstable <tt>funtoo-current</tt> pentium4 builds -- it is configured to look here by default. Then we create a specially-named directory to house our seed x86 stage3. Again, by default, Metro expects the directory to be named this way. We enter this directory, and download our seed x86 stage3 from funtoo.org. Note that the <tt>2010-12-24</tt> version stamp matches. Make sure that your directory name matches the stage3 name too. Everything has been set up to match Metro's default filesystem layout.
{{Note|Usually the M (Modus) key is either alt or the super key.}}
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From the man page:
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BINDINGS
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Next, we go back to the <tt>"${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"</tt> directory, and inside it, we create a <tt>.control</tt> directory. This directory and its subdirectories contain special files that Metro references to determine certain aspects of its behavior. The <tt>.control/version/stage3</tt> file is used by Metro to track the most recently-built stage3 for this particular build and subarch. Metro will automatically update this file with a new version stamp after it successfully builds a new stage3. But because Metro didn't actually ''build'' this stage3, we need to set up the <tt>.control/version/stage3</tt> file manually. This will allow Metro to find our downloaded stage3 when we set up our pentium4 build to use it as a seed. Also note that Metro will create a similar <tt>.control/version/stage1</tt> file after it successfully builds an pentium4 funtoo-current stage1.
  
    spectrwm provides many functions (or actions) accessed via key or mouse
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We also set up <tt>.control/strategy/build</tt> and <tt>.control/strategy/seed</tt> files with values of <tt>local</tt> and <tt>stage3</tt> respectively. These files define the building strategy Metro will use when we build pentium4 funtoo-current stages. With a build strategy of <tt>local</tt>, Metro will source its seed stage from funtoo-current pentium4, the current directory. And with a seed strategy of <tt>stage3</tt>, Metro will use a stage3 as a seed, and use this seed to build a new stage1, stage2 and stage3.
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    The current mouse bindings are described below:
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== Step 2: Building the pentium4 stages ==
{| class="wikitable sortable"
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! Mouse binding  !! description
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| M1 || Focus window
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| M-M1 || Move window
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| M-M3|| Resize window
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| M-S-M3|| Resize window while maintaining it centered
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|}                     
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    The default key bindings are described below:
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Incidentally, if all you wanted to do at this point was to build a new pentium4 funtoo-current stage1/2/3 (plus openvz and vserver templates). You would begin the process by typing:
  
          M-S-<Return>       term
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<console>
          M-p                menu
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# ##i##cd /root/metro
          M-S-q              quit
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# ##i##scripts/ezbuild.sh funtoo-current pentium4
          M-q                restart
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</console>
          M-<Space>           cycle_layout
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          M-S-<\>             flip_layout
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If you have a slow machine, it could take several hours to be completed because several "heavy" components like gcc or glibc have to be recompiled in each stage. Once a stage has been successfully completed, it is placed in the <tt>"${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x32-bit/pentium4/YYYY-MM-DD"</tt> subdirectory, where <tt>YYYY-MM-DD</tt> is today's date at the time the <tt>ezbuild.sh</tt> script was started or the date you put on the ezscript.sh command line.
          M-S-<Space>         stack_reset
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          M-h                master_shrink
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== Step 3: The next build ==
          M-l                master_grow
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          M-,                master_add
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At this point, you now have a new pentium4 stage3. If you'd like, you can reconfigure Metro to use the most recently-built pentium4 stage3 as a seed for any pentium4 builds. To do this, simply type:
          M-.                 master_del
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          M-S-,               stack_inc
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<console> # ##i##echo &quot;local&quot; &gt; /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/.control/strategy/build</console>
          M-S-.               stack_dec
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Now, Metro will use the most recentpentium4 stage3 as a seed. The <tt>.control/remote</tt> files you created will be ignored by Metro, since it's no longer going to perform a remote build.
          M-<Return>         swap_main
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          M-j, M-<TAB>       focus_next
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= Building for another binary compatible architecture (remote build) =
          M-k, M-S-<TAB>     focus_prev
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          M-m                focus_main
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As written above, [[Metro]] is able to perform '''remote build''' building different architecture stage3 from a binary compatible seeding stage3 (e.g. using a pentium4 stage3 to seed a <tt>Intel Core2 32bits</tt> stage3).
          M-S-j              swap_next
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          M-S-k              swap_prev
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In the Metro terminology this is called a '''remote build''' (a stage 3 of a different, but binary compatible, architecture is used as a seed).
          M-b                bar_toggle
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What's not compatible? You can't use a <tt>Sparc</tt> architecture to generate an <tt>x86</tt> or <tt>ARM</tt> based stage and vice-versa. If you use a 32bit stage then you don't want to seed a 64bit build from it. Be sure that you are using a stage from the same architecture that you are trying to seed. Check [http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/funtoo/funtoo-current/ Funtoo-current FTP Mirror] for a stage that is from the same Architecture that you will be building. 
          M-S-b              bar_toggle_ws
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          M-x                wind_del
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{{Note|Often, one build (ie. funtoo-current) can be used as a seed for another build such as funtoo-stable. However, hardened builds require hardened stages as seeds in order for the build to complete successfully.}}
          M-S-x              wind_kill
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          M-<1-9,0,F1-F12>   ws_<1-22>
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== Step 1: Set up Core_2 32bit repository ==
          M-S-<1-9,0,F1-F12> mvws_<1-22>
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          M-<Keypad 1-9>     rg_<1-9>
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In this example, we're going to use this pentium4 funtoo-current stage3 to seed a new Core_2 32bit funtoo-current build. To get that done, we need to set up the pentium4 build directory as follows:
          M-S-<Keypad 1-9>   mvrg_<1-9>
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          M-<Right>           ws_next
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<console>
          M-<Left>           ws_prev
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# ##i## cd "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit"
          M-<Up>             ws_next_all
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# ##i##install -d core2_32
          M-<Down>           ws_prev_all
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# ##i##cd core2_32
          M-a                 ws_next_move
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# ##i##install -d .control/strategy
          M-S-<Left>         ws_prev_move
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# ##i##echo &quot;remote&quot; &gt; .control/strategy/build
          M-S-<Up>           ws_prior
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# ##i##echo &quot;stage3&quot; &gt; .control/strategy/seed
          M-S-<Right>         rg_next
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# ##i##install -d .control/remote
          M-S-<Left>         rg_prev
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# ##i##echo &quot;funtoo-current&quot; &gt; .control/remote/build
          M-s                screenshot_all
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# ##i##echo &quot;x86-32bit&quot; &gt; .control/remote/arch_desc
          M-S-s              screenshot_wind
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# ##i##echo &quot;pentium4&quot; &gt; .control/remote/subarch
          M-S-v              version
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</console>
          M-t                float_toggle
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          M-S-<Delete>       lock
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The steps we follow are similar to those we performed for a ''local build'' to set up our pentium4 directory for local build. However, note the differences. We didn't download a stage, because we are going to use the pentium4 stage to build a new Core_2 32bit stage. We also didn't create the <tt>.control/version/stage{1,3}</tt> files because Metro will create them for us after it successfully builds a new stage1 and stage3. We are still using a <tt>stage3</tt> seed strategy, but we've set the build strategy to <tt>remote</tt>, which means that we're going to use a seed stage that's not from this particular subdirectory. Where are we going to get it from? The <tt>.control/remote</tt> directory contains this information, and lets Metro know that it should look for its seed stage3 in the <tt>/home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4</tt> directory. Which one will it grab? You guessed it -- the most recently built ''stage3'' (since our seed strategy was set to <tt>stage3</tt>) that has the version stamp of <tt>2010-12-24</tt>, as recorded in <tt>/home/mirror/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/.control/version/stage</tt>. Now you can see how all those control files come together to direct Metro to do the right thing.
          M-S-i              initscr
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          M-w                iconify
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{{Note|<code>arch_desc</code> should be set to one of: <code>x86-32bit</code>, <code>x86-64bit</code> or <code>pure64</code> for PC-compatible systems. You must use a 32-bit build as a seed for other 32-bit builds, and a 64-bit build as a seed for other 64-bit builds.}}
          M-S-w              uniconify
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          M-S-r              always_raise
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== Step 2: Building the Core_2 32bit stages ==
          M-v                button2
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          M--                width_shrink
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Now, you could start building your new Core_2 32bit stage1/2/3 (plus openvz and vserver templates) by typing the following:
          M-=                width_grow
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          M-S--              height_shrink
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<console>
          M-S-=              height_grow
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# ##i##/root/metro/scripts/ezbuild.sh funtoo-current core2_32
          M-[                 move_left
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</console>
          M-]                 move_right
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          M-S-[               move_up
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In that case, the produced stages are placed in the <tt>/home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x32-bit/core2_32/YYYY-MM-DD</tt> subdirectory.
          M-S-]               move_down
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          M-S-/               name_workspace
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== Step 3: The Next Build ==
          M-/                 search_workspace
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          M-f                search_win
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At this point, you now have a new Core_2 32bit stage3. If you'd like, you can reconfigure Metro to use the most recently-built Core_2 32bit stage3 as a seed for any new Core_2 32bit builds.
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In the Metro terminology this is called a '''local build''' (a stage 3 of a a given architecture is used to seed a brand new build of the same architecture).
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To do this, simply type:
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<console>
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# ##i##echo &quot;local&quot; &gt; /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/core2_32/.control/strategy/build
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</console>
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Now, Metro will use the most recent Core_2 32bit stage3 as a seed. The <tt>.control/remote</tt> files you created will be ignored by Metro, since it's no longer going to perform a remote build.
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= Build your own tailored stage3 =
 +
 
 +
Metro can be easily configured for building custom stage3 by including additional packages. Notice that including packages with heavy dependencies such as gnome, kde, xorg-server is not recommended (not tested so far). Well tested packages are <tt>app-misc/mc</tt>, <tt>app-misc/screen</tt>, <tt>sys-process/htop</tt>, <tt>sys-apps/dstat</tt>. An example for funtoo-current stage. Edit the following configuration file <tt>/root/metro/etc/builds/funtoo-current/build.conf</tt>:
 +
{{file|name=funtoo-current/build.conf|body=
 +
[collect ../../fslayouts/funtoo/layout.conf]
 +
 
 +
[section release]
 +
 
 +
author: Daniel Robbins <drobbins@funtoo.org>
 +
 
 +
[section target]
 +
 
 +
compression: xz
 +
 
 +
[section portage]
 +
 
 +
FEATURES:
 +
SYNC: $[snapshot/source/remote]
 +
USE:
 +
 
 +
[section profile]
 +
 
 +
format: new
 +
path: gentoo:funtoo/1.0/linux-gnu
 +
arch: $[:path]/arch/$[target/arch_desc]
 +
build: $[:path]/build/current
 +
flavor: $[:path]/flavor/core
 +
mix-ins:
 +
 
 +
[section version]
 +
 
 +
python: 2.7
 +
 
 +
[section emerge]
 +
 
 +
 
 +
[section snapshot]
 +
 
 +
type: live
 +
compression: xz
 +
 
 +
[section snapshot/source]
 +
 
 +
type: git
 +
branch: funtoo.org
 +
# branch to have checked out for tarball:
 +
branch/tar: origin/master
 +
name: ports-2012
 +
remote: git://github.com/funtoo/ports-2012.git
 +
options: pull
 +
 
 +
[section metro]
 +
 
 +
options:
 +
options/stage: cache/package
 +
target: gentoo
 +
 
 +
[section baselayout]
 +
 
 +
services: sshd
 +
 
 +
[section multi]
 +
 
 +
snapshot: snapshot
 +
 
 +
[section files]
 +
 
 +
motd/trailer: [
 +
 
 +
>>> Send suggestions, improvements, bug reports relating to...
 +
 
 +
>>> This release:                  $[release/author]
 +
>>> Funtoo Linux (general):        Funtoo Linux (http://www.funtoo.org)
 +
>>> Gentoo Linux (general):        Gentoo Linux (http://www.gentoo.org)
 +
]
 +
 
 +
[collect ../../multi-targets/$[multi/mode:zap]]
 +
}}
  
The action names and descriptions are listed below:
+
= Building Gentoo stages =
  
          term              Spawn a new terminal (see PROGRAMS above).
+
[[Category:HOWTO]]
          menu              Menu (see PROGRAMS above).
+
[[Category:Metro]]
          quit              Quit spectrwm.
+
          restart          Restart spectrwm.
+
          cycle_layout      Cycle layout.
+
          flip_layout      Swap the master and stacking areas.
+
          stack_reset      Reset layout.
+
          master_shrink    Shrink master area.
+
          master_grow      Grow master area.
+
          master_add        Add windows to master area.
+
          master_del        Remove windows from master area.
+
          stack_inc        Add columns/rows to stacking area.
+
          stack_dec        Remove columns/rows from stacking area.
+
          swap_main        Move current window to master area.
+
          focus_next        Focus next window in workspace.
+
          focus_prev        Focus previous window in workspace.
+
          focus_main        Focus on main window in workspace.
+
          swap_next        Swap with next window in workspace.
+
          swap_prev        Swap with previous window in workspace.
+
          bar_toggle        Toggle overall visibility of status bars.
+
          bar_toggle_ws    Toggle status bar on current workspace.
+
          wind_del          Delete current window in workspace.
+
          wind_kill        Destroy current window in workspace.
+
          ws_n              Switch to workspace n, where n is 1 through
+
                            workspace_limit.
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          mvws_n            Move current window to workspace n, where n is 1
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                            through workspace_limit.
+
          rg_n              Focus on region n, where n is 1 through 9.
+
          mvrg_n            Move current window to region n, where n is 1
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                            through 9.
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          ws_next          Switch to next workspace with a window in it.
+
          ws_prev          Switch to previous workspace with a window in it.
+
          ws_next_all      Switch to next workspace.
+
          ws_prev_all      Switch to previous workspace.
+
          ws_next_move      Switch to next workspace with the current window.
+
          ws_prev_move      Switch to previous workspace with the current
+
                            window.
+
          ws_prior          Switch to last visited workspace.
+
          rg_next          Switch to next region.
+
          rg_prev          Switch to previous region.
+
          screenshot_all    Take screenshot of entire screen (if enabled)
+
                            (see PROGRAMS above).
+
          screenshot_wind  Take screenshot of selected window (if enabled)
+
                            (see PROGRAMS above).
+
          version          Toggle version in status bar.
+
          float_toggle      Toggle focused window between tiled and floating.
+
          lock              Lock screen (see PROGRAMS above).
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          initscr          Reinitialize physical screens (see PROGRAMS
+
                            above).
+
          iconify          Minimize (unmap) currently focused window.
+
          uniconify        Maximize (map) window returned by dmenu
+
                            selection.
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          always_raise      When set tiled windows are allowed to obscure
+
                            floating windows.
+
          button2          Fake a middle mouse button click (mouse button
+
                            2).
+
          width_shrink      Shrink the width of a floating window.
+
          width_grow        Grow the width of a floating window.
+
          height_shrink    Shrink the height of a floating window.
+
          height_grow      Grow the height of a floating window.
+
          move_left        Move a floating window a step to the left.
+
          move_right        Move a floating window a step to the right.
+
          move_up          Move a floating window a step upwards.
+
          move_down        Move a floating window a step downwards.
+
          name_workspace    Name the current workspace.
+
          search_workspace  Search for a workspace.
+
          search_win        Search the windows in the current workspace.
+
{{EbuildFooter}}
+

Latest revision as of 06:04, November 17, 2014

Metro is the build system for Funtoo Linux and Gentoo Linux stages. It automates the bootstrapping process.

This tutorial will take you through installing, setting up and running Metro.

Preface

How Metro Works

You may be wondering how Metro creates its first stage tarball. As you may have guessed, Metro cannot create a stage tarball out of thin air. To build a new stage tarball, Metro must use an existing, older stage tarball called a "seed" stage. This "seed" stage typically is used as the build environment for creating the stage we want.

Metro can use two kinds of seed stages. Traditionally, Metro has used a stage3 as a seed stage. This stage3 is then used to build a new stage1, which in turn is used to build a new stage2, and then a new stage3. This is generally the most reliable way to build Gentoo Linux or Funtoo Linux, so it's the recommended approach.

Important

After switching metro builds to Funtoo profile, Gentoo stages are no longer provided!

Seeds and Build Isolation

Another important concept to mention here is something called build isolation. Because Metro creates an isolated build environment, and the build environment is explicitly defined using existing, tangible entities -- a seed stage and a portage snapshot -- you will get consistent, repeatable results. In other words, the same seed stage, portage snapshot and build instructions will generate an essentially identical result, even if you perform the build a month later on someone else's workstation.

Local Build

Say you wanted to build a new pentium4 stage3 tarball. The recommended method of doing this would be to grab an existing pentium4 stage3 tarball to use as your seed stage. Metro will be told to use this existing pentium4 stage3 to build a new stage1 for the same pentium4. For this process, the generic pentium4 stage3 would provide the build environment for creating our new stage1. Then, the new stage1 would serve as the build environment for creating the new pentium4 stage2. And the new pentium4 stage2 would serve as the build environment for creating the new pentium4 stage3.

In the Metro terminology this is called a local build, which means a stage3 of a given architecture is used to seed a brand new build of the same architecture. Incidentally this will be the first exercise we are going to perform in this tutorial.

A week later, you may want to build a brand new pentium4 stage3 tarball. Rather than starting from the original pentium4 stage3 again, you'd probably configure Metro to use the most-recently-built pentium4 stage3 as the seed. Metro has built-in functionality to make this easy, allowing it to easily find and track the most recent stage3 seed available.

Remote Build

Metro can also perform remote build, where a stage3 of a different, but binary compatible, architecture is used as a seed to build a different architecture stage3. Consequentiality the second exercise we are going to perform in this tutorial will be to build a core2 32bit stage3 tarball from the pentium4 stage3 tarball we have just built.

TODO: add caveats about what archs can be seeded and what can be not (maybe a table?)

Tailored Build

Last, it's also worthy noting that both in local and remote builds, Metro can be configured to add and/or remove individual packages to the final tarball. Let's say you can't live without app-misc/screen, at the end of this tutorial, we will show how to have your tailored stage3 to include it.

Installing Metro

The recommended and supported method is to use the Git repository of Metro. First, ensure you remove the dev-util/metro (package not on wiki - please add) package if you had installed it:

# emerge -aC dev-util/metro

Then ensure that Git and dev-python/boto (package not on wiki - please add) are installed on your system:

# emerge dev-vcs/git
# emerge dev-python/boto

Next, clone the master git repository as follows:

# cd /root
# git clone git://github.com/funtoo/metro.git
# ln -s /root/metro/metro /usr/bin/metro
# cp /root/metro/metro.conf ~/.metro

You will now have a directory called /root/metro that contains all the Metro source code.

Metro is now installed. It's time to customize it for your local system.

Configuring Metro

Note

Metro is not currently able to build Gentoo stages. See FL-901.

Daniel Robbins maintains Metro, so it comes pre-configured to successfully build Funtoo Linux releases. Before reading further, you might want to customize some basic settings like the number of concurrent jobs to fit your hardware's capabilities or the directory to use for produced stage archives. This is accomplished by editing ~/.metro which is the Metro's master configuration file.

Please note that path/install must point to where metro was installed. Point path/distfiles to where your distfiles reside. Also set path/mirror/owner and path/mirror/group to the owner and group of all the files that will be written to the build repository directory, which by default (as per the configuration file) is at /home/mirror/funtoo.

.metro: Metro configuration
# Main metro configuration file - these settings need to be tailored to your install:

[section path]
install: /root/metro
tmp: /var/tmp/metro
distfiles: /var/src/distfiles
work: $[path/tmp]/work/$[target/build]/$[target/name]

[section path/mirror]

: /home/mirror/funtoo
owner: root
group: repomgr
dirmode: 775

[section portage]

MAKEOPTS: auto 

[section emerge]

options: --jobs=4 --load-average=4 --keep-going=n

# This line should not be modified:
[collect $[path/install]/etc/master.conf]

Arch and Subarch

In the following example we are creating a pentium4 stage 3 compiled for x86-32bit binary compatibility. Pentium4 is a subarch of the x86-32bit architecture. Once you have metro installed you may find a full list of each subarch in your /root/metro/subarch directory each subarch will have the file extension .spec Example:

# ls /root/metro/subarch
# ls subarch/
amd64-bulldozer-pure64.spec  armv7a.spec          core-avx-i.spec         i686.spec         pentium.spec
amd64-bulldozer.spec         armv7a_hardfp.spec   core2_32.spec           k6-2.spec         pentium2.spec
amd64-k10-pure64.spec        athlon-4.spec        core2_64-pure64.spec    k6-3.spec         pentium3.spec
amd64-k10.spec               athlon-mp.spec       core2_64.spec           k6.spec           pentium4.spec
amd64-k8+sse3.spec           athlon-tbird.spec    corei7-pure64.spec      native_32.spec    pentiumpro.spec
amd64-k8+sse3_32.spec        athlon-xp.spec       corei7.spec             native_64.spec    prescott.spec
amd64-k8-pure64.spec         athlon.spec          generic_32.spec         niagara.spec      ultrasparc.spec
amd64-k8.spec                atom_32.spec         generic_64-pure64.spec  niagara2.spec     ultrasparc3.spec
amd64-k8_32.spec             atom_64-pure64.spec  generic_64.spec         nocona.spec       xen-pentium4+sse3.spec
armv5te.spec                 atom_64.spec         generic_sparcv9.spec    opteron_64.spec   xen-pentium4+sse3_64.spec
armv6j.spec                  btver1.spec          geode.spec              pentium-m.spec
armv6j_hardfp.spec           btver1_64.spec       i486.spec               pentium-mmx.spec

First stages build (local build)

To get this all started, we need to bootstrap the process by downloading an initial seed stage3 to use for building and place it in its proper location in /home/mirror/funtoo, so that Metro can find it. We will also need to create some special "control" files in /home/mirror/funtoo, which will allow Metro to understand how it is supposed to proceed.

Step 0: Optional Quick Copy of Portage Tree

There is a quick step you can perform to avoid having Metro re-clone the entire Portage tree. Perform this as root:

# install -d /var/tmp/metro/cache/cloned-repositories
# cat /root/metro/etc/builds/funtoo-current/build.conf  | grep name
# name: ports-2012
# cp -a /usr/portage /var/tmp/metro/cache/cloned-repositories/ports-2012
# cd /usr/portage; git checkout funtoo.org

Step 1: Set up pentium4 repository (local build)

Assuming we're following the basic steps outlined in the previous section, and building an unstable funtoo (funtoo-current) build for the pentium4, using a generic pentium4 stage3 as a seed stage, then here the first set of steps we'd perform:

# install -d "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"
# cd "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4"
# install -d 2011-12-13
# cd 2011-12-13
# wget -c http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/2011-12-13/stage3-pentium4-funtoo-current-2011-12-13.tar.xz
# cd ..
# install -d .control/version
# echo "2011-12-13" > .control/version/stage3
# install -d .control/strategy
# echo "local" > .control/strategy/build
# echo "stage3" > .control/strategy/seed

OK, let's review the steps above. First, we create the directory "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4", which is where Metro will expect to find unstable funtoo-current pentium4 builds -- it is configured to look here by default. Then we create a specially-named directory to house our seed x86 stage3. Again, by default, Metro expects the directory to be named this way. We enter this directory, and download our seed x86 stage3 from funtoo.org. Note that the 2010-12-24 version stamp matches. Make sure that your directory name matches the stage3 name too. Everything has been set up to match Metro's default filesystem layout.

Next, we go back to the "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4" directory, and inside it, we create a .control directory. This directory and its subdirectories contain special files that Metro references to determine certain aspects of its behavior. The .control/version/stage3 file is used by Metro to track the most recently-built stage3 for this particular build and subarch. Metro will automatically update this file with a new version stamp after it successfully builds a new stage3. But because Metro didn't actually build this stage3, we need to set up the .control/version/stage3 file manually. This will allow Metro to find our downloaded stage3 when we set up our pentium4 build to use it as a seed. Also note that Metro will create a similar .control/version/stage1 file after it successfully builds an pentium4 funtoo-current stage1.

We also set up .control/strategy/build and .control/strategy/seed files with values of local and stage3 respectively. These files define the building strategy Metro will use when we build pentium4 funtoo-current stages. With a build strategy of local, Metro will source its seed stage from funtoo-current pentium4, the current directory. And with a seed strategy of stage3, Metro will use a stage3 as a seed, and use this seed to build a new stage1, stage2 and stage3.

Step 2: Building the pentium4 stages

Incidentally, if all you wanted to do at this point was to build a new pentium4 funtoo-current stage1/2/3 (plus openvz and vserver templates). You would begin the process by typing:

# cd /root/metro
# scripts/ezbuild.sh funtoo-current pentium4

If you have a slow machine, it could take several hours to be completed because several "heavy" components like gcc or glibc have to be recompiled in each stage. Once a stage has been successfully completed, it is placed in the "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x32-bit/pentium4/YYYY-MM-DD" subdirectory, where YYYY-MM-DD is today's date at the time the ezbuild.sh script was started or the date you put on the ezscript.sh command line.

Step 3: The next build

At this point, you now have a new pentium4 stage3. If you'd like, you can reconfigure Metro to use the most recently-built pentium4 stage3 as a seed for any pentium4 builds. To do this, simply type:

 # echo "local" > /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/.control/strategy/build

Now, Metro will use the most recentpentium4 stage3 as a seed. The .control/remote files you created will be ignored by Metro, since it's no longer going to perform a remote build.

Building for another binary compatible architecture (remote build)

As written above, Metro is able to perform remote build building different architecture stage3 from a binary compatible seeding stage3 (e.g. using a pentium4 stage3 to seed a Intel Core2 32bits stage3).

In the Metro terminology this is called a remote build (a stage 3 of a different, but binary compatible, architecture is used as a seed). What's not compatible? You can't use a Sparc architecture to generate an x86 or ARM based stage and vice-versa. If you use a 32bit stage then you don't want to seed a 64bit build from it. Be sure that you are using a stage from the same architecture that you are trying to seed. Check Funtoo-current FTP Mirror for a stage that is from the same Architecture that you will be building.

Note

Often, one build (ie. funtoo-current) can be used as a seed for another build such as funtoo-stable. However, hardened builds require hardened stages as seeds in order for the build to complete successfully.

Step 1: Set up Core_2 32bit repository

In this example, we're going to use this pentium4 funtoo-current stage3 to seed a new Core_2 32bit funtoo-current build. To get that done, we need to set up the pentium4 build directory as follows:

#  cd "${METRO_MIRROR}/funtoo-current/x86-32bit"
# install -d core2_32
# cd core2_32
# install -d .control/strategy
# echo "remote" > .control/strategy/build
# echo "stage3" > .control/strategy/seed
# install -d .control/remote
# echo "funtoo-current" > .control/remote/build
# echo "x86-32bit" > .control/remote/arch_desc
# echo "pentium4" > .control/remote/subarch

The steps we follow are similar to those we performed for a local build to set up our pentium4 directory for local build. However, note the differences. We didn't download a stage, because we are going to use the pentium4 stage to build a new Core_2 32bit stage. We also didn't create the .control/version/stage{1,3} files because Metro will create them for us after it successfully builds a new stage1 and stage3. We are still using a stage3 seed strategy, but we've set the build strategy to remote, which means that we're going to use a seed stage that's not from this particular subdirectory. Where are we going to get it from? The .control/remote directory contains this information, and lets Metro know that it should look for its seed stage3 in the /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4 directory. Which one will it grab? You guessed it -- the most recently built stage3 (since our seed strategy was set to stage3) that has the version stamp of 2010-12-24, as recorded in /home/mirror/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/pentium4/.control/version/stage. Now you can see how all those control files come together to direct Metro to do the right thing.

Note

arch_desc should be set to one of: x86-32bit, x86-64bit or pure64 for PC-compatible systems. You must use a 32-bit build as a seed for other 32-bit builds, and a 64-bit build as a seed for other 64-bit builds.

Step 2: Building the Core_2 32bit stages

Now, you could start building your new Core_2 32bit stage1/2/3 (plus openvz and vserver templates) by typing the following:

# /root/metro/scripts/ezbuild.sh funtoo-current core2_32

In that case, the produced stages are placed in the /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x32-bit/core2_32/YYYY-MM-DD subdirectory.

Step 3: The Next Build

At this point, you now have a new Core_2 32bit stage3. If you'd like, you can reconfigure Metro to use the most recently-built Core_2 32bit stage3 as a seed for any new Core_2 32bit builds.

In the Metro terminology this is called a local build (a stage 3 of a a given architecture is used to seed a brand new build of the same architecture).

To do this, simply type:

# echo "local" > /home/mirror/funtoo/funtoo-current/x86-32bit/core2_32/.control/strategy/build

Now, Metro will use the most recent Core_2 32bit stage3 as a seed. The .control/remote files you created will be ignored by Metro, since it's no longer going to perform a remote build.

Build your own tailored stage3

Metro can be easily configured for building custom stage3 by including additional packages. Notice that including packages with heavy dependencies such as gnome, kde, xorg-server is not recommended (not tested so far). Well tested packages are app-misc/mc, app-misc/screen, sys-process/htop, sys-apps/dstat. An example for funtoo-current stage. Edit the following configuration file /root/metro/etc/builds/funtoo-current/build.conf:

funtoo-current/build.conf
[collect ../../fslayouts/funtoo/layout.conf]

[section release]

author: Daniel Robbins <drobbins@funtoo.org>

[section target]

compression: xz

[section portage]

FEATURES: 
SYNC: $[snapshot/source/remote]
USE:

[section profile]

format: new
path: gentoo:funtoo/1.0/linux-gnu
arch: $[:path]/arch/$[target/arch_desc]
build: $[:path]/build/current
flavor: $[:path]/flavor/core
mix-ins:

[section version]

python: 2.7

[section emerge]


[section snapshot]

type: live
compression: xz

[section snapshot/source]

type: git
branch: funtoo.org
# branch to have checked out for tarball:
branch/tar: origin/master
name: ports-2012 
remote: git://github.com/funtoo/ports-2012.git
options: pull

[section metro]

options: 
options/stage: cache/package
target: gentoo

[section baselayout]

services: sshd

[section multi]

snapshot: snapshot

[section files]

motd/trailer: [

 >>> Send suggestions, improvements, bug reports relating to...

 >>> This release:                  $[release/author]
 >>> Funtoo Linux (general):        Funtoo Linux (http://www.funtoo.org)
 >>> Gentoo Linux (general):        Gentoo Linux (http://www.gentoo.org)
]

[collect ../../multi-targets/$[multi/mode:zap]]

Building Gentoo stages