Building a delivery for VxWorks on Windows

For the time being the discussion below will only address building for VxWorks from Windows. But even if we are on Windows, we do as if we were on Unix since VxWorks uses a modified version of the gnu toolset.

Setting up the environment

You first need to properly set the ISE_PLATFORM environment variable to the corresponding VxWorks architecture. You also need to define the VXWORKS environment variable to point to the root of the Tornado delivery. For the PPC port it meant defining:

set ISE_PLATFORM=vxworks-ppc
set VXWORKS=C:/Tornado2.2

You also need to set the PATH environment variable so that the GNU toolset of VxWorks is first in the path. Very important in case you also have the Cygwin environment installed. However we found that the `make' that comes with VxWorks is not Unix friendly so we use the one from Cygwin. So we had to create a directory in which `make.exe' from Cygwin was copied and put this directory first in the PATH. Here is what we did:

set PATH=C:\ISE\apps\bin;%PATH%
set PATH=%PATH%;C:\Tornado2.2\host\x86-win32\bin
set PATH=%PATH%;C:\ISE\apps\cygwin\bin

Where C:\ISE\apps\bin is the directory where `make.exe' is located and C:\ISE\apps\cygwin\bin are the cygwin tools. They are at the end otherwise they would conflicts with the one from VxWorks.

Compiling runtime for VxWorks

Since the `Configure' script cannot be run on the target platform, we have to manually find what is available and what is not for the target. To do so, we simply look at the target header file or the VxWorks documentation and create in the CONFIGS directory of the run-time the template for the configuration file.

At the moment for VxWorks we have 3 templates for MIPS, HPPA and PPC. Only the PPC is up-to-date, the first two are from 1998 and haven't been updated.

Once you have a first skeleton, you can launch `bash' and then do quick_configure to start the compilation process.

Uncompilable parts

Some parts of the runtime do not compile, this is ok. The uncompilable parts correspond to all the communication stuff which is used when debugging applications from EiffelStudio. Our embedded configuration does not yet support workbench mode, thus only the finalized code is useful to us at this point.

So basically make sure that in C/run-time/ you have at least libfinalized.a

Building x2c

Because x2c has to run on the host and not on the target, you need to use the C compiler of your host to compile the program. Usually the following command is enough:

gcc x2c.c -o x2c.exe -I.. -I. -I./include

Preparing the Eiffel delivery

Once you have compiled the run-time, you need to prepare the delivery of EiffelStudio for compiling code for the VxWorks target. The operations below have been tested under bash.

First the core:

mkdir EiffelXX
cd EiffelXX
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/Delivery/studio studio
cd studio/config
mv vxworks $ISE_PLATFORM
cd ../spec
mkdir $ISE_PLATFORM/lib
mkdir $ISE_PLATFORM/include
mkdir $ISE_PLATFORM/bin
mv unix/* $ISE_PLATFORM/bin
cd ../../../..

Then the libraries and samples:

cd EiffelXX
mkdir library
cd library
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/base base
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/lex lex
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/net net
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/parse parse
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/thread thread
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/library/time time
cd ..
mkdir examples
cd examples
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/base base
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/cecil cecil
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/lex lex
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/net net
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/parse parse
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/thread thread
svn co $SVNROOT/Src/examples/time time
cd ../..

Then copying the runtimes and header files:

cd EiffelXX
cd studio/spec/$ISE_PLATFORM/lib
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/run-time/lib*.a .
cd ../include
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/run-time/*.h .
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/eif_portable.h .
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/eif_confmagic.h .
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/eif_config.h .
cd ../bin
cp $EIFFEL_SRC/C/run-time/x2c.exe .
cd ../../../..

Then finally copying the platform specific executables onto this delivery. I suppose that $ISE_EIFFEL_NATIVE points to that location.

cd EiffelXX
cd studio/spec/$ISE_PLATFORM/bin
cp $ISE_EIFFEL_NATIVE/studio/spec/windows/bin/ec.exe .
cp $ISE_EIFFEL_NATIVE/studio/spec/windows/bin/estudio.exe .
cp $ISE_EIFFEL_NATIVE/studio/spec/windows/bin/quick_finalize.exe .
cp $ISE_EIFFEL_NATIVE/studio/spec/windows/bin/wel_hook.dll .
cd ../../../..