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ChromeOS Project Configuration


This repo contains schema definitions and utilities for configuring ChromeOS hardware and software. Other repos will use this repo to generate config payloads to drive ChromeOS builds, manufacturing, etc.

The config payloads are Protocol Buffers which are generated via Starlark. A basic understanding of protobuf and Starlark is required to manage these configs.

Project Setup for Partners

Googlers should have the project and program config repos as part of the internal-manifest checkout. Partners will do a public checkout and then add config repos for the projects and programs they are working on.

Note: There are two different types of configurations for partners. It is important to know which type you are working with. One type of configuration places the program and projects in separate repositories. The second type of configuration places the program and projects in a single repository. This difference results in slight differences in how you work with these types of configurations and where you find key files and execute commands. The instructions below attempt to make this distinction clear.

  1. Before beginning verify that you have appropriate permissions to work with the project. This will usually mean having membership in the partner domain account that is configured for your project. Inquire with your local representative or Google contact if you need more information about the partner domain accounts configured for your project.

  2. Follow the Chromium OS Quick Start Guide through to the end of the “Get the Source” section. This guide walks you through installing prerequisites and syncing the public Chromium OS source code into a $SOURCE_REPO directory. This step pulls down a lot of code and could take up to an hour.

  3. Verify the name of your $PROGRAM and $PROJECT with your local representative or Google contact. These values will be used in the command below. For single repository configurations with projects directly in the program's subdirectories you will only get the $PROGRAM. Example commands for both separate repo and single repo variants will be shown below.

  4. Run the following command to sync your $PROGRAM and $PROJECT from within your chromiumos checkout in the $SOURCE_REPO/src/config directory:

    # For separate $PROGRAM $PROJECT repo configurations:
    # For single $PROGRAM repo configurations:
    ./ $PROGRAM

    This command will execute a number of steps including checking out your program and project and other related repositories, symlinking a local manifest, and finally doing a full chromiumos sync.

  5. The $SOURCE_REPO/src/config/bin directory contains utilties for working with your project. Add the directory to the end of your PATH. You will probably want to add this configuration in your ~/.bashrc file or other appropriate location so you don't have to repeatedly set the PATH:

    export PATH=$PATH:$SOURCE_REPO/src/config/bin

If you got to this point without an error you are set up to start working on your project.

Working with Projects for Partners

After setting up your project you'll want to note the location of several important repositories within the checkout:

  • src/config: The repository that contains this file. This repository contains the higher level framework including protocol buffer definitions, configuration language constructs, constraint checking code, and binaries for performing tasks.
  • src/program/$PROGRAM: The repository that defines the program of your project. This repository defines the constraints that your project follows and config constructs that are shared across projects in the program.
  • src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT: The repository that defines your project. This repository defines your project design under the constraints of the program it belongs to.

Partners will rarely propose changes to src/config and occasionally propose changes to src/program/$PROGRAM. The bulk of a partner's work will occur in in src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT.

Making Configuration Changes for your Project

Configuration changes are made to a project by adjusting the Starlark configuration definition in $SOURCE_REPO/src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT/ and then running the gen_config script (added to the PATH above). An example session updating project configuration follows:

# For separate $PROGRAM $PROJECT repo configurations:
# Adjust contents of and save.

# For single $PROGRAM repo configurations:
cd $SOURCE_REPO/src/program/$PROGRAM/${project subdir}
# Adjust contents of and save.

Note that many files are executable, with the shebang #!/usr/bin/env gen_config. Thus ./ can be used as a shortcut for gen_config if gen_config is on PATH.

For separate $PROGRAM $PROJECT repo configurations this will cause the generation of payloads that can be found at:

  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT/generated/config.binaryproto
  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT/generated/config.cfg
  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/project/$PROGRAM/$PROJECT/generated/project/project-config.json

For single $PROGRAM repo configurations those payloads will be found at:

  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/program/$PROGRAM/${project subdir}/generated/config.binaryproto
  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/program/$PROGRAM/${project subdir}/generated/config.cfg
  • $SOURCE_REPO/src/program/$PROGRAM/${project subdir}/generated/project/project-config.json

config.binaryproto is a file containing the config protobuf in binary wire format, and config.cfg contains the same config in text format. The binary proto is for machines reading the config, and the text format is for humans to understand the generated configs, e.g. diffs during a code review.

project-config.json is the config in the legacy YAML schema and is present for backwards-compatibility.

Before uploading the changes for review you should check to see if your changes pass constraint checks. You can do that by running the check_config script from within your project's root directory:

# For separate $PROGRAM $PROJECT repo configurations:

# For single $PROGRAM repo configurations:
cd $SOURCE_REPO/src/program/$PROGRAM/${project subdir}

If your changes pass the contraint checks you are ready to submit your CL. To submit the changes the user first commits the files and then submits them to commit queue (CQ):

git add .
git commit
# Add commit message with BUG= and TEST= directives
repo upload .

This will result in a reviewable CL in gerrit. The exact URL for your CL will be output when the CL is uploaded. The CL will need to be approved and pass CQ. Details on working with CLs and the progression through review and CQ can be found in the Chromium OS Contributing Guide and more specifically in the Going through review section. CQ verifies that you have correctly generated your configuration payload and that you have not violated the program's constraints.

Making Bulk Changes Across Repos

Program and project config are spread across repos, so changes and refactors often span multiple repos. Familiarity with repo forall and the chromite/bin/gerrit tools is helpful for these changes.

For example, repo forall can be used to make many commits across repos:

# Begin branch in all projects.
repo start --all fixbuggyvalue

# Find all files and fix bug.
find src/project -name sed -i 's/buggyvalue/goodvalue/' {} \;

# Make a commit for all project repos.
repo forall -r src/project -c 'git commit -a -m"
$(basename $REPO_PROJECT): Fix buggyvalue.


# Upload changes with hashtag "fixbuggyvalue"
repo upload --ht=fixbuggyvalue

Similarly, the gerrit tool can apply a label to many CLs:

gerrit label-cq `gerrit --raw search "owner:me hashtag:fixbuggyvalue"` 1