Adding Repositories to your Project¶
What is a Repository¶
A repository is a version-ed Mynewt project, which is a collection of Mynewt packages organized in a specific way for redistribution.
What differentiates a repository from a Mynewt project is the presence
repository.yml file describing the repository. This will be
described below. For a basic understanding of repositories you may read
the Newt Tool Guide and How to
Note: For the remainder of this document we’ll use the term repo as shorthand for a Mynewt repository.
Repos are useful because they are an organized way for the community to share Mynewt packages and projects. In fact, the Mynewt-core is distributed as a repo.
Why does Mynewt need additional repos?¶
Repos add functionality not included in the Mynewt core. New repos might be created for several reasons.
- Expertise. Individuals or organizations may have expertise that they want to share in the form of repos. For example a chip vendor may create a repo to hold the Mynewt support for their chips.
- Non-Core component. Some components, although very useful to Mynewt users are not core to all Mynewt users. These are likely candidates to be held in different repos.
- Software licensing. Some software have licenses that make them
incompatible with the ASF (Apache Software Foundation) license
policies. These may be valuable components to some Mynewt users, but
cannot be contained in the
What Repos are in my Project¶
The list of repos used by your project are contained within the
project.yml file. An example can be seen by creating a new project:
$ mkdir ~/dev $ cd ~/dev $ newt new myproj $ cd myproj
project.yml section and you will see a line describing the
project.repositories: - apache-Mynewt-core
By default, this newly created project uses a single repo called
If you wish to add additional repos, you would add additional lines to
project.repositories variable like this.
In addition to the repo name, the
project.yml file must also contain
a repo descriptor for each repository you include that gives
information on obtaining the repo.
In the same
myproj above you will see the following repo descriptor.
repository.apache-Mynewt-core: type: github vers: 1-latest user: apache repo: mynewt-core
A repo descriptor starts with
repository.<name>.. In this example,
the descriptor specifies the information for the
The fields within the descriptor have the following definitions:
- type – The type of code storage the repo uses. The current
newtonly supports github. Future versions may support generic git or other code storage mechanisms.
- vers – The version of the repo to use for your project. A source code repository contains many versions of the source. This field is used to specify the one to use for this project. See the section on versions below for a detailed description of the format of this field.
- user – The username for the repo. On github, this is the name
github.comin the repo path. Consider the repository
https://github.com/apache/mynewt-core. It has username
- repo – The name of the repo. On github, this is the name after
the username described above. Consider the repository
https://github.com/apache/mynewt-core. It has path
mynewt-core. This is a path to the source control and should not be confused with the name of the repo that you used in the
repository.<name>declaration above. That name is contained elsewhere within the repo. See Below.
Adding Existing Repos to my Project¶
To add a new repo to your project, you have to complete two steps.
- Edit the
project.ymlfile and add a new repo descriptor. The previous section includes information on the field required in your repo descriptor.
- Edit the
project/ymlfile and add a new line to the
project.repositoriesvariable with the name of the repo you are adding.
An example of a
project.yml file with two repositories is shown
project.name: "my_project" project.repositories: - apache-mynewt-core - mynewt_arduino_zero # Use github's distribution mechanism for core ASF libraries. # This provides mirroring automatically for us. # repository.apache-mynewt-core: type: github vers: 1-latest user: apache repo: mynewt-core # a special repo to hold hardware specific stuff for arduino zero repository.mynewt_arduino_zero: type: github vers: 1-latest user: runtimeco repo: mynewt_arduino_zero
What Version of the Repo to use¶
Mynewt repos are version-ed artifacts. They are stored in source control
systems like github. The repo descriptor in your
must specify the version of the repo you will accept into your project.
For now, we are at the beginnings of Mynewt. For testing and evaluation
1-latest in the
vers field in your repo descriptor.
See Create a Repo for a description of the versioning system and all the possible ways to specify a version to use.
Identifying a Repo¶
A repo contains Mynewt packages organized in a specific way and stored
in one of the supported code storage methods described above. In other
words, it is a Mynewt project with an additional file
which describes the repo for use by
newt (and humans browsing them).
It contains a mapping of version numbers to the actual github branches
containing the source code.
Note that the
repository.yml file lives only in the master branch of
the git repository.
Newt will always fetch this file from the master
branch and then use that to determine the actual branch required
depending on the version specified in your
project.yml file. Special
care should be taken to ensure that this file exists only in the master
Here is the
repository.yml file from the apache-mynewt-core:
repo.name: apache-mynewt-core repo.versions: "0.0.0": "master" "0.0.1": "master" "0.7.9": "mynewt_0_8_0_b2_tag" "0.8.0": "mynewt_0_8_0_tag" "0.9.0": "mynewt_0_9_0_tag" "0.9.9": "mynewt_1_0_0_b1_tag" "0.9.99": "mynewt_1_0_0_b2_tag" "0.9.999": "mynewt_1_0_0_rc1_tag" "1.0.0": "mynewt_1_0_0_tag" "0-latest": "1.0.0" # 1.0.0 "0-dev": "0.0.0" # master "0.8-latest": "0.8.0" "0.9-latest": "0.9.0" "1.0-latest": "1.0.0" # 1.0.0
It contains the following:
- repo.name The external name that is used to include the library
project.ymlfile. This is the name you in include in the
project.repositoriesvariable when adding this repository to your project.
- repo.versions A description of what versions to give the user
depending on the settings in their
The repo version number resolves to an actual git branch depending on
the mapping specified in
repository.yml for that repo. The version
field argument in your
project.yml file supports multiple formats
The stability string can be one of 3 pre-defined stability values.
- stable – A stable release version of the repository
- dev – A development version from the repository
- latest – The latest from the repository
project.yml file you can specify different combinations of
the version number and stability value. For example:
1-latest– The latest version with major number 1
1.2-stable– The latest stable version with major and minor number 1.2
1.2-dev– The development version from 1.2
1.1.1– a specific version 1.1.1
You cannot specify a stability string with a fully numbered version, e.g.
Repo Versions Available¶
repository.yml file contains information to match a version
request into a git branch to fetch for your project.
It’s up to the repository maintainer to map these to branches of the repository. For example, let’s say in a fictitious repository the following are defined.
repo.versions: "0.8.0": "xxx_branch_0_8_0" "1.0.0": "xxx_branch_1_0_0" "1.0.2": "xxx_branch_1_0_2" "1.1.1": "xxx_branch_1_1_0" "1.1.2": "xxx_branch_1_1_2" "1.2.0": "xxx_branch_1_2_0" "1.2.1": "xxx_branch_1_2_1" "1.2-dev": "1.2.1" "1-dev": "1.2-dev" "1.2-stable": "1.2.0" "0-latest": "0.8.0" "1-latest": "1-dev" ....
project.yml file asks for
1.2-stable it is resolved to
1.2.1 is not stable yet), which in turn
resolves to a specific branch
xxx_branch_1_2_0. This is the branch
newt fetches into your project.
Note: Make sure a repo version exists in the
of a repo you wish to add. Otherwise Newt will not be able to resolve
the version and will fail to fetch the repo into your project.
How to find out what Repos are available for Mynewt components¶
Currently, there is no
newt command to locate/search Mynewt package
repositories. However, since the
newt tool supports only github,
searching github by keyword is a satisfactory option until a search tool
When searching Github, recall that a Mynewt repository must have a
repository.yml file in its root directory. If you don’t see that
file, it’s not a Mynewt repository and can’t be included in your project
via the newt tool.
Once you find a repository, the Github URL and
should give you all the information to add it to your