[RFC,v3,22/26] um lkl: add documentation
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Hajime Tazaki Feb. 5, 2020, 7:30 a.m. UTC
From: Octavian Purdila <tavi.purdila@gmail.com>

A document describing brief introduction of LKL, why it is needed, and
how it is used is added.  The document is located under uml/ directory.

Cc: Chenyang Zhong <zhongcy95@gmail.com>
Cc: Conrad Meyer <cem@FreeBSD.org>
Cc: Gustavo Bittencourt <gbitten@gmail.com>
Cc: H.K. Jerry Chu <hkchu@google.com>
Cc: Motomu Utsumi <motomuman@gmail.com>
Cc: Patrick Collins <pscollins@google.com>
Cc: Thomas Liebetraut <thomas@tommie-lie.de>
Cc: Yuan Liu <liuyuan@google.com>
Signed-off-by: Octavian Purdila <tavi.purdila@gmail.com>
 Documentation/virt/uml/lkl.txt | 64 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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 create mode 100644 Documentation/virt/uml/lkl.txt

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+LKL (Linux Kernel Library) is aiming to allow reusing the Linux kernel code as
+extensively as possible with minimal effort and reduced maintenance overhead.
+Examples of how LKL can be used are: creating userspace applications (running on
+Linux and other operating systems) that can read or write Linux filesystems or
+can use the Linux networking stack, creating kernel drivers for other operating
+systems that can read Linux filesystems, bootloaders support for reading/writing
+Linux filesystems, etc.
+With LKL, the kernel code is compiled into an object file that can be directly
+linked by applications. The API offered by LKL is based on the Linux system call
+LKL is implemented as one of the mode of UML (arch/um). It uses host operations
+defined by the application or a host library (tools/lkl/lib).
+Supported hosts
+The supported host for now is Linux (x86 architecture) userspace applications.
+Building LKL the host library and LKL applications
+    $ make -C tools/lkl
+will build LKL as a object file, it will install it in tools/lkl/lib together
+with the headers files in tools/lkl/include then will build the host library,
+tests and a few of application examples:
+* tests/boot - a simple applications that uses LKL and exercises the basic LKL
+  APIs
+* tests/net-test - a simple applications that uses network feature of LKL and
+  exercises the basic network-related APIs
+* fs2tar - a tool that converts a filesystem image to a tar archive
+* cptofs/cpfromfs - a tool that copies files to/from a filesystem image
+* lklfuse - a tool that can mount a filesystem image in userspace,
+  without root privileges, using FUSE
+Building LKL on Ubuntu
+    $ sudo apt-get install libfuse-dev libarchive-dev xfsprogs
+    # Optional, if you would like to be able to run tests
+    $ sudo apt-get install btrfs-tools
+    $ pip install yamlish junit_xml
+    $ make -C tools/lkl
+    # To check that everything works:
+    $ cd tools/lkl
+    $ make run-tests