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Google Code-in 2014 Haiku

Update 2 Haiku build recipes so that they do not fail the LINT test

completed by: Timothy Gu

mentors: Scott McCreary, mmu_man, Jerome Duval

Check for ports that are failing the lint check.  Typically these are old .bep files that need to be converted into proper .recipes.

Install the HaikuPorter and run haikuporter --lint
This will show a lot of recipes that are currently not working. Pick two of them and convert them to have a properly formatted and working recipe that builds .hpkg files.

Be sure to update the SUMMARY to be 70 characters or less, and have a DESCRIPTION that is 2-4 sentences long that describes what the package is.  This is what shows up in HaikuDepot when users are looking to program to install.

Haikuporter is our tool to fetch, patch and build source code and create Haiku packages that can then be put into a repository to be installed by the user via HaikuDepot.

For this task, you have to create a haikuporter recipe, which is a kind of script that automates this process. Depending on the targeted software you may need these skills:

  • Some knowledge of C, C++, git and bash
  • Knowledge of the GNU autotools and/or cmake
  • The package may require some patching to get it to work on Haiku

Before submitting your work, make sure to test your recipe by creating a hpkg package from it with haikuporter. Haiku's Expander app can open hpkg files to inspect their contents.

Take care to include all required licenses and copyright entries.


For this task you need to have

  • Haiku installed; get a nightly image and see the Haiku Guides for more information on using Haiku. There's also a Userguide and Welcome page on your Desktop when you boot Haiku.
  • Haikuporter installed and the haikuports bitbucket cloned, see the "Getting started" wiki page.
  • Studied the haikuporter wiki.
  • Submit your work as pull request to haikuports bitbucket (see "DevelopmentModel" in the wiki).


While there is a slight learning curve to writing recipes, other GCI recipe tasks will become easier and easier the more you complete successfully.
In addition to the wiki, studying working recipes in the haikuports tree can be a big help. Besides requesting assistance by leaving a comment in this task, a trip to the main IRC channel #haiku may prove to be quicker (consider possible timezone differences with your mentors).