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This page is for describing functional requirements of the bake tool for ns-3.16 and for future releases.

Broad functional goals

1. Enable a more distributed package environment for ns-3 third-party developers.

1.1 Split out some of existing ns-3-dev into a smaller "core" and additional "extensions". This should reduce build time for users.

1.2 Provide straightforward way for a third-party developer to maintain their own ns-3 extension and make it available to ns-3 users.

2. Provide a tool for developers to manage multiple builds.

3. Start to provide access to INRIA's Direct Code Execution (DCE) environment

ns-3.16 goals

Below are proposed goals for ns-3.16.

1. provides existing and with no change of functionality

1.1 For ns-3-dev (after merge):

 hg clone
 cd ns-3-allinone
 ./ configure -e ns-3-dev
 ./ download
 ./ build

alternative: the "install" command will "download" then "build"

 hg clone
 cd ns-3-allinone
 ./ configure -e ns-3-dev
 ./ install

1.2 For ns-3.16:

 tar xjf ns-allinone-3.16.tar.bz2
 cd ns-allinone-3.16
 ./ configure -e ns-3.16
 ./ build

note: we could also ship a prebuilt bake

1.3 existing and

We keep existing and files, but they print out a backward-compatibility warning and call the equivalent bake commands; e.g.

 cd ns-allinone-3.16
  "Warning: is deprecated, please use './ configure -e ns-3.16 && ./ build' instead.

2. different levels of verbosity show different amount of build information

 ./ install 

yields something sparse, such as

 >> Downloading ns-3-dev
 >> Download ns-3-dev - OK 
 >> Building ns-3-dev
 >> Built ns-3-dev - OK

while this:

 ./ install -vv

yields the full build output (full waf configure and build information).

3. Managing multiple ns-3 versions and branches

Maintainers commonly work with multiple builds. This can be most easily accomplished using subdirectories.

 hg clone

Put bake main directory on your path and on python path

 export PATH=$PATH:`pwd`/bake
 export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:`pwd`/bake

Note: It is an open question whether bake/ is separate from ns-3-allinone/ repository, or part of ns-3-allinone/ repository. Continuing with this example:

 mkdir ns-3-dev
 cd ns-3-dev configure  -e ns-3-dev download build

and a little later:

 cd ..
 mkdir ns-3.16
 cd ns-3.16 configure -e ns-3.16 download build

The resulting directory three then contains bake itself, and each repo or branch of ns-3. Within each of these ns-3 subdirectories, there is a source/ and a build/ directory corresponding to that configuration.

4. Managing debug, optimized, and static builds

See the previous item. Users can maintain separate ns-3-dbg, ns-3-opt, ns-3-static, etc. directories. It is just a matter of calling the configuration with a -p dbg, for example. This will make use of the debug predefined configuration and will add -g and create a distinct binary directory for the ns-3 binaries and libraries.

For example for ns-3.16: configure -e ns-3.16 -p dbg build

The new binary directory build_dbg was created on the same level of the regular build.

5. Passing configure options to bake, especially ns-3 ones such as --disable-python

Each module (nsc, netanim, etc.) has its own set of configuration options. The way that bake presently handles this is by editing the bakeconf.xml file directly (or by setting a predefined module; see below). It may be possible to pass configuration options down to ns-3 such as done with presently. However, this complicates bake, so it is proposed for now that any options be configured via environment variables, if possible, or by creating personal predefined configurations or, in the last case by editing attributes in bakeconf.xml. For example:

 <attribute name="configure_arguments" value="configure --prefix=$INSTALLDIR --enable-examples 
 --enable-tests --with-nsclick=$SRCDIR/click --with-pybindgen=$SRCDIR/pybindgen --with-
 openflow=$SRCDIR/openflow-ns3 --with-nsc=$SRCDIR/nsc"/>

6. cleaning the directory

  • ' clean' will remove the build/ directory and any build artifacts;
  • './ distclean' will perform a clean and also remove source/

7. Configuration manipulation

The act of configuring bake will leave a "bakefile.xml" file storing the state of the configuration. This can be further manipulated by enabling/disabling options.

For example, consider the user who has configured ns-3-dev but wants to deselect/disable netanim. This sequence of commands can accomplish that: configure -e ns-3-dev fix-config -d net_anim

Some time later, the following command: configure -e ns-3-dev

will reconfigure and overwrite entirely the bakefile.xml.

It is also possible for users to store their own custom configs and modules in a .bakerc file that can be colocated with the current directory or the user's home directory. For example, consider the user who wants a minimal ns-3 with only the wifi module enabled. He or she could populate the following in a .bakerc file:

 <predefined name="ns3-min">
   <enable name="ns-3-dev"/>
   <disable name="nsc"/>
   <disable name="net_anim"/>
   <disable name="pybindgen"/>
   <disable name="click"/>
   <disable name="openflow-ns3"/>
   <append module="ns-3-dev" name="configure_arguments" value=" --enable-modules=core,network,wifi"/> 

8. Show behavior shows available packages, whether they are enabled, and their dependencies; e.g.:

./ show --enabled
 module: click (enabled)
   No dependencies!
 module: openflow-ns3 (enabled)
   No dependencies!
 module: gccxml-ns3 (enabled)
   No dependencies!
 module: nsc (enabled)
   No dependencies!
 module: qt4 (enabled)
   No dependencies!
 module: pygccxml (enabled)
   depends on:
      gccxml-ns3 (optional:True)
 module: net_anim (enabled)
   depends on:
      qt4 (optional:True)
 module: pybindgen (enabled)
   depends on:
      pygccxml (optional:True)
 module: ns-3-dev (enabled)
   depends on:
      net_anim (optional:True)
      nsc (optional:True)
      pybindgen (optional:True)
      click (optional:True)
      openflow-ns3 (optional:True)

In the example above, the gccxml-ns3 dependency is shown for pygccxml. It is out of scope for to manage package dependencies for some of these (e.g. showing "scons" as a dependency for nsc). However, if the user does not have a required tool, during the course of the build, bake reports this to the user. If the developer explicitly created a system dependency, for example, it is possible to add a message so that the user can try to find/install the missing package.

The user can check the missing bake dependencies by calling: check
 > Python - Ok
 > Mercurial - Ok
 > CVS - Ok
 > Bazaar - Ok
 > Tar tool - Ok
 > Unzip tool - Ok
 > Unrar tool - Ok
 > GIT - is missing
 > Make - Ok
 > cMake - Ok
 > path tool - Ok
 > Autotools - Ok

Perhaps an enhancement to the above would be to show the "build" and "install" status of each.

9. Other behavior handles control-C signal to abort the build.

Bake trusts the standard tools to manage dirty builds and avoid building things unnecessarily. If the user wants, it is possible to call bake uninstall to remove the built code and start a clean build.

10. handling of ns-3 enabled_modules

For ns-3.16, there is no special handling of this configure options; existing ns-3 mechanisms continue to work (e.g. .ns3rc). It is still an open question of what more to do (if any) for this issue.

11. ns-3's scratch directory

We propose to keep this as is for now. Over time, it may be that we need to provide something similar to scratch/ at the bake level, although it is possible that some of the magic of waf will be replaced by the more explicit use of environment variables along with autotools/Makefile skeletons as well.

waf may need to learn of these new (default) install locations.

12. DCE provides access to ns-3 DCE with at least one well-documented example (iperf) of how to use real application code within an ns-3 program. We focus on user-mode applications for ns-3.16 and kernel-mode for the next release. DCE has its own documentation system; we will look into whether its patch for ns-3 can be merged to ns-3-dev or whether it still needs to sit outside of ns-3-dev.

13. external module

(defer to ns-3.17) allows at least one "external" ns-3-based module to be downloaded and built with ns-3. For example, assume there is an external routing protocol module (ns-3-bgp); we may need to make one of these up for the sake of providing an example.

For ns-3-bgp to build, it needs to link to ns-3 libraries. So, there needs to be some install step in bake to install to a well-known place in the allinone directory, or in the system.

For a user program in ns-3.16/scratch to use ns-3-bgp, it needs to be able to find the library and headers. So, the install step on ns-3-bgp should leave the installation in a well-known place by ns-3's waf.

So, the goal here would be:

 ./ configure -e ns-3-bgp
 ./ download
 ./ build       # builds ns-3, then builds ns-3-bgp

Then, user program in ns-3.16/scratch/ can include the module without specifying the full path to ns-3-bgp; i.e., waf may need to become smarter to find these headers and libraries.

Beyond ns-3.16

To be determined.