[GDP] Current build failure due to undefined user email address

Andersson, Gunnar gunnar.x.andersson at volvocars.com
Mon Jan 18 03:38:33 EST 2016

Regarding this current build failure


It looks like the following OPEN issue, which I reported to 
yoctoproject towards the end of November last year:


If there is no git config --global user.name and email then patch tasks
in bitbake won't run if the patchtool is explicitly set to GIT (which 
is not the default).  git-apply won't run without the user/email 

That's not defined on a "clean" build agent, and in my opinion it shouldn't
have to be, but that's up to the bitbake devs to decide (let's see the
outcome of the issue above).

Patchtool is sometimes set to GIT to enable support for binary patches.
If those binary patches are graphics files for example it should be
possible to just copy them instead of patching I would guess?

The workarounds I know of is to not use GIT as patchtool, or if it is
necessary, then put in a task to define user.name and user.email to 
someting like "Build server" fakeemail at buildserver as part of the build 
job.  There is an example of this somewhere, baseline build or 
baseline-next or something I think.

Maybe someone can think of another way, something that could 
be put into some project-level bb file so that users and build recipes
don't need to think about this, but then it must be something that
does not redefine user/email for users that build manually of course.

- Gunnar

Gunnar Andersson
Lead Architect, GENIVI Alliance
Infotainment, Volvo Car Corporation

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