Patchwork [09/19] tune: README: Document best practice

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Submitter Darren Hart
Date Jan. 22, 2014, 12:58 a.m.
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Darren Hart - Jan. 22, 2014, 12:58 a.m.
Describe the expected usage of base architecture tune files and
arch-specific files, specifically the stacking of generations.

Signed-off-by: Darren Hart <>
Cc: Richard Purdie <>
Cc: Paul Eggleton <>
Cc: Tom Zanussi <>
Cc: Nitin Kamble <>
Cc: Mark Hatle <>
Cc: Bruce Ashfield <>
Cc: Martin Jansa <>
 meta/conf/machine/include/README |   19 +++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 19 insertions(+)


diff --git a/meta/conf/machine/include/README b/meta/conf/machine/include/README
index 65d0942..6c390ad 100644
--- a/meta/conf/machine/include/README
+++ b/meta/conf/machine/include/README
@@ -1,6 +1,9 @@ 
 2012/03/30 - Mark Hatle <>
  - Initial Revision
 The individual CPU, and ABI tunings are contained in this directory.  A
 number of local and global variables are used to control the way the
 tunings are setup and how they work together to specify an optimized
@@ -79,3 +82,19 @@  configured in the same way that TUNE_CCARGS is.
 BASE_LIB_tune-<tune> - The "/lib" location for a specific ABI.  This is
 used in a multilib configuration to place the libraries in the correct,
 non-conflicting locations.
+Best Practice
+The tune infrastructure is designed to be hierarchical. When writing a
+new tune file for a "fast-forward" CPU architecture (one that supports
+everything from a previous generation), it is recommended to require the
+previous generation tune file and specify PACKAGE_EXTRA_ARCHS using the
+previous generation's override and appending the new tune. Note that
+only one previous tune file should be included to avoid mutiple includes
+of the base arch which could lead to a broken configuration due to
+multiple prepend and append assignments.
+For example, for x86, there is a common x86/ which is
+included in the base i586 tune file. The core2 tune builds
+on that, and corei7 builds on core2.