Re: [PATCH] devshell: introduce intercepts as per native / nativesdk

Andre McCurdy

On Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 8:12 AM Paul Gortmaker
<paul.gortmaker@...> wrote:

In a devshell, recent versions of git will complain if the repo is owned
by someone other than the current UID - consider this example:

bitbake -c devshell linux-yocto


kernel-source#git branch
fatal: unsafe repository ('/home/paul/poky/build-qemuarm64/tmp/work-shared/qemuarm64/kernel-source' is owned by someone else)
To add an exception for this directory, call:

git config --global --add /home/paul/poky/build-qemuarm64/tmp/work-shared/qemuarm64/kernel-source

Of course the devshell has UID zero and the "real" UID is for "paul" in
this case. And so recent git versions complain.

As the whole purpose of the devshell is to invoke a shell where development
can take place, having a non-functional git is clearly unacceptable.

Richard suggested we could use PSEUDO_UNLOAD=1 to evade this issue, and I
suggested we probably will see other similar instances like this and should
make use of PATH to intercept via devshell wrappers - conveniently we already
have examples of this.

Here, we copy the existing "ar" example and tune it to the needs of git to
combine Richard's suggestion and mine.

As such we now also can store commit logs and use send-email with our user
specific settings, instead of "root", so in additon to fixing basic
commands like "git branch" it should also increase general usefulness.
It looks like this will address the performance issues of using git
from a devshell too. Trying to run git log, git blame, etc for
largeish repos in a devshell is annoyingly slow due to the overhead of

I always wondered what people do in a devshell which actually _does_
need to run under pseudo...

Cc: Richard Purdie <richard.purdie@...>
Signed-off-by: Paul Gortmaker <paul.gortmaker@...>

diff --git a/meta/classes/devshell.bbclass b/meta/classes/devshell.bbclass
index 62dc958d9a4a..7ac134e0950f 100644
--- a/meta/classes/devshell.bbclass
+++ b/meta/classes/devshell.bbclass
@@ -2,6 +2,8 @@ inherit terminal


+PATH:prepend = "${COREBASE}/scripts/devshell-intercept:"
python do_devshell () {
if d.getVarFlag("do_devshell", "manualfakeroot"):
d.prependVar("DEVSHELL", "pseudo ")
diff --git a/scripts/devshell-intercept/git b/scripts/devshell-intercept/git
new file mode 100755
index 000000000000..8adf5c9ecb71
--- /dev/null
+++ b/scripts/devshell-intercept/git
@@ -0,0 +1,19 @@
+#!/usr/bin/env python3
+# Wrapper around 'git' that doesn't think we are root
+import os
+import shutil
+import sys
+os.environ['PSEUDO_UNLOAD'] = '1'
+# calculate path to the real 'git'
+path = os.environ['PATH']
+path = path.replace(os.path.dirname(sys.argv[0]), '')
+real_git = shutil.which('git', path=path)
+if len(sys.argv) == 1:
+ os.execl(real_git, 'git')
+os.execv(real_git, sys.argv)

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