Structure for external libraries, HAL


Nashif, Anas
 

Hi,
As you are probably already aware, we have a few changes in review that add external components to Zephyr, especially the CMSIS headers needed for porting more Cortex-M MCUs and board.
Zephyr already has some external components. Some will need to move to the new proposed location outlined below.

Proposal:

create a top level directory for all external components and headers with the following structure (slightly modified):

ext/
hal/
cmsis
qmsi
ksdk
...
lib/
tinycrypt
matt-bar
lwm2m-foo
foo-tls
….

we should be able to add more 2nd level categories under ext/, we might consider having drivers for example for drivers from vendor SDKs that are well tested and verified.

The advantages of having all the code in one place:
- easy to update and maintain
- files of the same license and from the same source all in one location
- can be excluded from zephyr style checks easily (to make CI happy)
- no contamination with original zephyr code

disadvantages:
- the code will be in a location different from where it is being used and referenced
- need to create cross references across the tree
- …

We plan to make this final by next week. If you have any concerns or other suggestions please raise them now.


Anas

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