The aim of implementing an Abstract Toolchain is to allow porters to add new toolchains or customize existing ones without the need of modifying common code.
Initially all targets were defined in one common shared file,
src/tools/gyp/pylib/gyp/generator/ninja.py. Modifications to this file were required for replacing any of the toolchain components, adding platform-specific tooling, adding new toolchains, or accomodating platform-specific flavor of reference tool. Doing this in a shared file does not scale with the number of ports.
The solution implemented to solve toolchain abstraction consists of adding two new functions to the platform specific
gyp_configuration.py file found under:
The functions to implement are:
The simplest complete GCC based toolchain, where a target and host are the same, and all tools are in the PATH:
class ExamplePlatformConfig(starboard.PlatformConfig) # ...
def GetTargetToolchain(self): return [ starboard.toolchains.gnu.CCompiler(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.CPlusPlusCompiler(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.Assembler(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.StaticLinker(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.DynamicLinker(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.Bison(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.Stamp(), starboard.toolchains.gnu.Copy(), ] def GetHostToolchain(self): return self.GetTargetToolchain()
You can find real examples of this in the Open Source repo: Linux x8611