scripts/cp-noerror: Add a special copy function to fix autotools issues

Submitted by Richard Purdie on May 29, 2012, 12:28 p.m.


Message ID 1338294528.20169.102.camel@ted
State Accepted
Commit 0f81fbc0df73675aeb79c724858799a3b6a02f85
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Commit Message

Richard Purdie May 29, 2012, 12:28 p.m.
Currently we copy the aclocal directory to the build so that autotools
doesn't see .m4 files disappear when its processing them. This can happen
if for example, package X is being rebuilt at the same time as Y and it
gets uninstalled from sstate (assuming there are no dependencies between
X and Y). This code making the copy was added to avoid races but introduces
a race of its own, namely that the files can disappear during the copy.

This patch adds a cp-noerror script which silently ignores such errors
and gives the behaviour we need in this case. It hence fixes issues which
crop up for users and the autobuilder occasionally.

[YOCTO #2485]

Signed-off-by: Richard Purdie <>

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diff --git a/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass b/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
index 941c06d..9b36f3c 100644
--- a/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
+++ b/meta/classes/autotools.bbclass
@@ -124,10 +124,9 @@  autotools_do_configure() {
 			# uninstalling data from the sysroot. See Yocto #861 for details.
 			# We avoid this by taking a copy here and then files cannot disappear.
 			if [ -d ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal ]; then
-				mkdir -p ${B}/aclocal-copy/
 				# for scratch build this directory can be empty
 				# so avoid cp's no files to copy error
-				cp -r ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal/. ${B}/aclocal-copy/
+				cp-noerror ${STAGING_DATADIR}/aclocal ${B}/aclocal-copy/
 				acpaths="$acpaths -I ${B}/aclocal-copy/"
 			# autoreconf is too shy to overwrite aclocal.m4 if it doesn't look
diff --git a/scripts/cp-noerror b/scripts/cp-noerror
new file mode 100755
index 0000000..fdb3d2d
--- a/dev/null
+++ b/scripts/cp-noerror
@@ -0,0 +1,15 @@ 
+#!/usr/bin/env python
+# Allow copying of $1 to $2 but if files in $1 disappear during the copy operation,
+# don't error.
+import sys
+import shutil
+    shutil.copytree(sys.argv[1], sys.argv[2])
+except shutil.Error:
+   pass