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Override Validation Plugin

Module Level Override Validation Plugin and Linkage Creation Command Line Tool


OverrideValidation is a UEFI Build Plugin and Command Line Tool used to create linkage between overriding and overridden modules and parse INF files referenced in platform DSC files during build process and then produce a TXT report of the module overriding status. The TXT report then allows deeper analysis of the Overriding Hierarchy, the Override Linkage Validity, the Override Linkage Ages, and overall breakdown of usage.

UEFI Build Plugin

When used in the plugin capacity this plugin will do its override linkage validation work in the do_pre_build function. This plugin uses the following variables from the build environment:

  1. ACTIVE_PLATFORM - [REQUIRED] - must be workspace relative or package path relative pointing to the target platform dsc file, otherwise this validation will not run
  2. BUILD_OUTPUT_BASE - [REQUIRED] - must be an absolute path specified to store override log at $(BUILD_OUTPUT_BASE)/OVERRIDELOG.TXT, otherwise no report will be generated
  3. BUILDSHA - [OPTIONAL] - should have valid commit sha value for report purpose, if not provided, 'None' will be used for the corresponding field
  4. PRODUCT_NAME - [OPTIONAL] - should give friendly product name, if not provided, 'None' will be used for the corresponding field
  5. BUILDID_STRING - [OPTIONAL] - should give friendly version string of firmware version, if not provided, 'None' will be used for the corresponding field

This tool provides two types of validation, determined by the type of tags included in the overriding module:

  • Override: Override validation, as indicated by override tags, intends to enforce the validity of a linkage. Thus if the target that is overridden is either not found or has an change since the last linkage update, the build will break.
  • Track: Track validation, indicated by track tags from tracking modules, intends to soft-track updates of certain module with various flavors across upstream changes. This validation will ignore this tag if the corresponding target is not found. If a single target is found in multiple track tags, there must be one and only one linkage that matches the current status of target, otherwise build will break.

Note: If one module contains one or more track tags, at least one tracked target needs to be found, otherwise build will break.

Command Line Tool

When used as a command line tool, this tool takes the absolute path of workspace (the root directory of Devices repo) as well as the absolute path of overridden module's inf file and then generate a screen-print line for users to include in overriding modules in order to create override linkage. Check the required parameters by using the -h option for command line argument details.

The override can also be used on the Active Platform DSC or the Flash Definition FDF defined by the DSC.


Command to generate an override record: -w C:\Repo -m C:\Repo\SM_UDK\MdePkg\Library\BaseMemoryLib\BaseMemoryLib.inf

Override record to be included in overriding module's inf:

#Override : 00000001 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | cc255d9de141fccbdfca9ad02e0daa47 | 2018-05-09T17-54-17

Command to generate a track record: --track -w C:\Repo -m C:\Repo\SM_UDK\MdePkg\Library\BaseMemoryLib\BaseMemoryLib.inf

Track record to be included in tracking module's inf:

#Track : 00000002 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | 5bca19892b2e9f4c00a74041fa6b1eab | 2021-12-07T04-25-21 | 5c76ea08864294e11f8d7d1ac2ccf76c72673c8f

Track records to be included in tracking multiple flavors of the same module's inf (you should do not need this in a perfect world):

# Production build
#Track : 00000002 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | 5bca19892b2e9f4c00a74041fa6b1eab | 2021-12-07T04-25-21 | 5c76ea08864294e11f8d7d1ac2ccf76c72673c8f
# Debug build
#Track : 00000002 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | dbfc0ece0cb8fa499ac2141c80107926 | 2022-02-09T00-31-30 | fd114d321703a32c4684d8411ba0fe7dd7012c14

Command to generate an override record for a target file or directory: -w C:\Repo -t C:\Repo\MU_BASECORE\MdeModulePkg\Library\BaseSerialPortLib16550

Override record to be included in overriding module's inf:

#Override : 00000002 | MdeModulePkg/Library/BaseSerialPortLib16550 | 140759cf30a73b02f48cc1f226b015d8 | 2021-12-07T05-30-10 | fa99a33fdb7e8bf6063513fddb807105ec2fad81

Override log generated during pre-build process:

Platform:     PlatformName
Version:      123.456.7890
Date:         2018-05-11T17-56-27
Commit:       _SHA_2c9def7a4ce84ef26ed6597afcc60cee4e5c92c0
State:        3/4


OVERRIDER: MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLibOptDxe/BaseMemoryLibOptDxe.inf
  + MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | SUCCESS | 2 days

OVERRIDER: PlatformNamePkg/Library/NvmConfigLib/NvmConfigLib.inf
  + MdeModulePkg/Bus/Pci/NvmExpressDxe/NvmExpressDxe.inf | MISMATCH | 35 days
  | Current State: 62929532257365b261080b7e7b1c4e7a | Last Fingerprint: dc9f5e3af1efbac6cf5485b672291903
  + MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLibOptDxe/BaseMemoryLibOptDxe.inf | SUCCESS | 0 days
  + MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | SUCCESS | 2 days
  + MdeModulePkg/Library/BaseSerialPortLib16550 | SUCCESS | 7 days

Command to regenerate the override records in a given .inf file: -w c:\src -r c:\src\FooPkg\OverridingModule.inf

an example of the diff produced when using -r:

diff --git a/FooPkg/OverridingModule.inf b/FooPkg/OverridingModule.inf
index 2d4ca47299..90da207a39 100644
--- a/FooPkg/OverridingModule.inf
+++ b/FooPkg/OverridingModule.inf
@@ -8,7 +8,7 @@
-#Override : 00000002 | BarPkg/OverridenModule.inf | 4f7eed98e3c084eecdff5fa2e1e57db1 | 2021-11-23T21-41-21 | 44b40c0358489da6c444e7cfb2be26e56b7c16a1
+#Override : 00000002 | BarPkg/OverridenModule.inf | 143b08782a2abc620d1eb57461c6e290 | 2022-03-10T23-09-45 | 6f8c53a3fcd79b202c708e7aa58256cafbf24bc4


There are two versions of the override format.

Version 1

#Override : 00000001 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | cc255d9de141fccbdfca9ad02e0daa47 | 2018-05-09T17-54-17

Version 2

#Override : 00000002 | MdePkg/Library/BaseMemoryLib/BaseMemoryLib.inf | cc255d9de141fccbdfca9ad02e0daa47 | 2018-05-09T17-54-17 | 575096df6a

Version 2 includes a second hash at the end, which is the git commit that the upstream was last updated. This allows to tools to do a git diff between what you currently have and what is in the tree. It currently only diffs the overridden file (the INF or DSC) and the overriding file.

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