In my previous article, I showed a way to setup and jump into a root file system in order to test a software in this environment.
Using PRoot, such task looks really easy and does not require any privileges. We will now finish this setup in order to build and test VLC media player in this new root file system.
Setting up the RootFS
In order to build and test VLC media player in this environment, we must install VLC dependencies. For instance in a Debian system, I already explain the procedure in an article about the compilation for Linux users.
The first step is to install theses dependencies using apt-get:
$ proot -b /etc/resolv.conf -b /dev -b /proc -b /sys -0 debian-6.0-x86_64 /bin/bash ~ echo "deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian squeeze main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list ~ apt-get update Hit http://security.debian.org squeeze/updates Release.gpg Hit http://ftp.debian.org squeeze Release.gpg Ign http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates/contrib Translation-en [...] Fetched 4655 kB in 2s (1955 kB/s) Reading package lists... Done ~ apt-get build-dep vlc Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW packages will be installed: [...] [a long list of packages] [...] 0 upgraded, 410 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 195 MB of archives. After this operation, 611 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
Pay attention to some packages, like dbus or x11-common, that could not be installed without the right bindings. In fact dbus install script require access to /var/run/dbus/, while x11-common require to not bind /tmp with a working X11 process as it contains files that belong to root and that should be modified during installation.
In order to complete the previous command, you should:
- bind /var/run/dbus
- NOT bind /tmp
apt-get will install a list of packages that were required to compile the version of VLC media player normally installed in the host distribution (vlc version 1.1.3). This mean that some library will be missing. The following packages are also needed:
You need the code source of VLC media player in this host root file system. I'm personally a bit lazy and I already have the sources somewhere else on my computer so I just bind it in the host root file system:
$ proot -b /etc/resolv.conf -b /dev -b /proc -b /sys -b /path/to/vlc/git:/media/vlc.git debian-6.0-x86_64 /bin/bash ~ cd somewhere ~ git clone /media/vlc.git vlc Cloning into vlc... done. ~ cd vlc ~ ls AUTHORS configure.ac include modules src autotools contrib INSTALL NEWS test bin COPYING lib po THANKS bindings COPYING.LIB m4 projects bootstrap doc make-alias README compat extras Makefile.am share
We should now bootstrap, configure and build VLC media player the usual way:
~ ./bootstrap generating modules/**/Makefile.am ..................................................... + echo + cp -f INSTALL INSTALL.git [...] + echo + mv -f INSTALL.git INSTALL + rm -f 'stamp-h*' + set +x Successfully bootstrapped
Then configure VLC media player in a sub-directory:
~ mkdir build ~ cd build ~ ../configure .. checking build system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c checking whether build environment is sane... yes checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p checking for gawk... gawk checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes checking how to create a ustar tar archive... gnutar checking whether to enable maintainer-specific portions of Makefiles... yes checking for style of include used by make... GNU checking for gcc... gcc checking whether the C compiler works... yes checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out [...] libvlc configuration -------------------- version : 2.1.0-git system : linux architecture : x86_64 mmx sse sse2 optimizations : yes vlc aliases : cvlc rvlc qvlc svlc nvlc To build vlc and its plugins, type `make', or `./compile' if you like nice colors.
We disabled mkv and avcodec as libeml and libavcodec versions provided by Debian (in this version of the distribution) are too old.
In order to correctly test VLC, you would want to compile ffmpeg yourself and to give it to the configure script. This is already explained in the article about compilation for Linux users.
Then compiling VLC media player:
~ make -j4 [...]
Running VLC media player under PRoot does not change the way you will test it. In fact most of the tests works the same way in the host root file system or in the guest file system.
You can for example run the VLC automatic tests:
~ make check [...]
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