A bit of a time consuming process the first time, so make sure you have some nice tea or something before you start :)
This build process has been tested on an Ubuntu 20.04 system with standard development tools installed, in addition to rustup (which is required). We require rustup because we will build our own toolchain during the build, and link the result through rustup for easier invocation of the Rust compiler.
To build a boot image, you'll need the limine bootloader installed. In particular, we need the EFI code to help boot Twizzler through their boot protocol.
To run qemu through the build system, you'll need qemu installed.
Installing the tools:
- sudo apt install build-essential
- sudo apt install python
- sudo apt install cmake
- sudo apt install ninja-build
- Install Rust https://www.rust-lang.org/tools/install
Building Twizzler is done in several steps:
- Building xtask.
- Building the toolchain.
- Building Twizzler itself.
Fortunately, step 0 is handled automatically whenever we try to do anything. That's because xtask is
the "build system orchestrator". Essentially, building Twizzler requires using the right toolchain,
target specification, and compile flags at the right times, so we've placed that complexity in an
automation tool to make builds easier. To get an idea of what xtask is doing, you can run
cargo xtask --help. Note that this repo's cargo config provides aliases for the common commands,
as we will see below. In fact, it's advisable to NOT use the default cargo commands, and instead run
everything through xtask.
This step takes the longest, but only has to happen once. Run
cd where/you/cloned/twizzler cargo bootstrap
and then wait, while you sip your tea. This will compile llvm and bootstrap the rust compiler, both of which take a long time. At the end, you should see a "build completed successfully" message, followed by a few lines about building crti and friends.
Now that we've got the toolchain built and linked, we can compile the rest of Twizzler. Run
which will compile several "collections" of packages:
- The build tools, for things like making the initrd.
- The kernel.
- The userspace applications.
By default all will be built in debug mode, which will run very slow. You can build for release mode with:
cargo build-all --profile release
You can start Twizzler in Qemu by running
which will bootup a qemu instance. If you want to run the release mode version, you can run
cargo start-qemu --profile release
At the moment Twizzler does not have a shutdown command. To exit the QEMU based simulation use the
Ctrl-a X command which is a part of the simulator.