Conan for UEFI??

An open source, secure, vendor-neutral, pre-OS packaging tool for updating platform microcode and firmware might be interesting. So when I saw this UEFI test app:

https://github.com/matlo607/uefi-test

it was interesting to note that it includes some support for the Conan C/C++ packaging tool for UEFI, eg:

https://github.com/matlo607/uefi-test/blob/master/conan-recipes/edk2/conanfile.py

I’ve no time today to study it closely, so I’m unsure if it is using conan as an OS-present tool, or it has conan running as a pre-OS UEFI app. Big difference! 🙂

Conan is a C/C++ packaging tool. The official docs don’t mention UEFI support:

Conan can be installed in many Operating Systems. It has been extensively used and tested in Windows, Linux (different distros), OSX, and is also actively used in FreeBSD and Solaris SunOS. There are also several additional operating systems on which it has been reported to work. […] Conan works and is being actively used on Windows, Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, ArchLinux, Raspbian), OSX, FreeBSD, and SunOS, and, as it is portable, it might work in any other platform that can run python. In the documentation, examples for a specific OS might be found, such as conan install . -s compiler=”Visual Studio”, which will be specific for Windows users. If on a different system, the reader should adapt to their own platform and settings (for example conan install . -s compiler=gcc). […] Also conan works with any build system. In the documentation, CMake will be widely used, because it is portable and well known. But conan does not depend on CMake at all; it is not a requirement. Conan is totally orthogonal to the build system. There are some utilities that improve the usage of popular build systems such as CMake or Autotools, but they are just helpers. Furthermore, it is not necessary that all the packages are built with the same build system. It is possible to depend on packages created with other build system than the one you are using to build your project.

https://github.com/conan-io/conan
https://conan.io/

PS: Above project uses CMake, and Conan supports CMake. And there’s also this CMake/UEFI project, but appears to not be native UEFI use of CMake:

https://firmwaresecurity.com/2016/02/07/uefi-virtualbox-tutorial/
https://github.com/eruffaldi/uefiboot
http://teslacore.blogspot.com/2016/02/starting-with-uefi-with-cmake-and.html

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