Anybody knows how to patch tarballs that bazel extracts?

Klaus T. Aehlig aehlig at
Tue Jul 18 06:34:15 UTC 2017

On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 09:37:34AM +0200, Klaus T. Aehlig wrote:
> However, even with that approach, you should be aware that you're
> embedding the relevant dependencies rather than using them from
> ${LOCALBASE}. So, in the long run, it might be desirable to patch the
> relevant targets in the BUILD files using those external resources to
> point to ${LOCALBASE}. Maybe, one could even lobby for a new_local_library
> WORKSPACE rule at bazel-dev at But that's all long-term
> perspective...

Actually, it is not that far in the future; in fact, event today, bazel's
cc_library rule accepts an .so in the sources attribute, making a work around
possible (patching WORKSPACE to point to a hand-crafted directory under WRKDIR
as a local_repository, with hand-crafted BUILD-files, essentially taking
things from ${LOCALBASE}).

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