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Inclusive Language

First time topic was explored on mailing list. https://lists.openembedded.org/g/openembedded-architecture/topic/inclusive_language_summary/75821819

This is an attempt to collate Inclusive Language for OpenEmbedded and the Yocto Project in regards to code. This is an attempt to improve these variables, comments, and terminology to be more descriptive and also inclusive/ not offensive.

For reference: https://inclusivenaming.org/word-lists/overview/

Game play

If a BB variable has a local assignment, the rename should be transitive. Example: BB_HASHBASE_WHITELIST is changed to BB_HASHBASE_ALLOWLIST, then self.basewhitelist would become self.baseallowlist

Add an offending name in one of the three tables below. If you have a suggested replacement, please add. If the translation is approved, that will be noted in the same row. Approval process: TBD

Recommendations

Recommended replacements for 'blacklist/whitelist' are:

blacklist whitelist
denylist/disallowlist allowlist
blocklist passlist or welcomelist
excludes or excludelist includes or includelist

Exceptions

Exceptions for introducing new usage is limited upstream sources outside the control of The Yocto Project and OpenEmbedded.

Branch names, like master, are not being handled on the initial phase of this task

Classes

Repo Current name Approved rename Recommended by
core blacklist.bbclass excludelist.bbclass Armin
core blacklist.bbclass (alt) forcerecipeskip.bbclass Saul

Variables

Repo Current name Approved rename Recommended by Volunteer Developer Notes
Bitbake ABORT "HALT", "NO_NEW_TASKS" or "WARN" Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake abort (comment or variable) Should be changed in the code Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_ENV_WHITELIST BB_ENV_PASSTHROUGH Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_ENV_EXTRAWHITE BB_ENV_PASSTHROUGH_ADDITIONS Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_HASHCONFIG_WHITELIST BB_HASHCONFIG_IGNORE_VARS Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_STAMP_WHITELIST remove this along with BB_STAMP_POLICY Richard Purdie
Bitbake BB_SETSCENE_ENFORCE_WHITELIST BB_SETSCENE_ENFORCE_IGNORE_TASKS Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_HASHBASE_WHITELIST BB_BASEHASH_IGNORE_VARS Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake BB_HASHTASK_WHITELIST BB_TASKHASH_IGNORE_TASKS Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake MULTI_PROVIDER_WHITELIST BB_MULTI_PROVIDER_ALLOWED Richard Purdie Scott Murray
Bitbake basewhitelist Scott Murray
Bitbake taskwhitelist Scott Murray
core abort (comment or variable) based on context Saul Wold
core PNBLACKLIST See notes Richard Purdie Saul For PNBLACKLIST and blacklist.bbclass, I think we need to take the opportunity

to use "recipe" instead of "pn". For blacklist.bbclass, perhaps we just merge into base.bbclass and use SKIP_RECIPE[pn] ?

core whitelist allowlist Saul This could be change based on context
core whitelisted allowed Saul Context sensitive
core whitelisting allowing Saul
core SSTATE_DUPWHITELIST SSTATE_ALLOW_OVERLAP_FILES Richard Purdie Saul
core CVE_CHECK_PN_WHITELIST CVE_CHECK_SKIP_RECIPE Richard Purdie Marta
core CVE_CHECK_WHITELIST CVE_CHECK_IGNORE Richard Purdie Marta
core ICECC_USER_CLASS_BL ICECC_USER_CLASS_EXCLUDES Michael Opdenacker Should be removed
core ICECC_USER_PACKAGE_WL ICECC_USER_CLASS_ALLOWLIST Michael Opdenacker Should be removed
core ICECC_USER_PACKAGE_BL ICECC_USER_PACKAGE_EXCLUDES Michael Opdenacker Should be removed
core SYSROOT_DIRS_BLACKLIST SYSROOT_DIRS_IGNORE Richard Purdie Marta
core INHERIT_BLACKLIST INHERIT_RECIPE_SKIP Saul Saul if we drop the blacklist class, we can drop this too (RP)
core SDK_LOCAL_CONF_BLACKLIST ESDK_LOCALCONF_REMOVE Richard Purdie Saul
core SDK_LOCAL_CONF_WHITELIST ESDK_LOCALCONF_ALLOW Richard Purdie Saul
core SDK_INHERIT_BLACKLIST ESDK_CLASS_INHERIT_DISABLE Richard Purdie Saul
core WHITELIST_(ANY LICENSE) Saul Saul Should be removed and replaced with INCOMPATIBLE_LICENSE_ALLOWED_RECIPES, which would be a list of recipes which are of a blocked license that is now being overridden
core LICENSE_FLAGS_WHITELIST LICENSE_FLAGS_ACCEPTED (and BLOCKED) Saul Saul Should be changed to
core UNKNOWN_CONFIGURE_WHITELIST UNKNOWN_CONFIGURE_OPT_IGNORE Richard Purdie Saul
TUNEABI_WHITELIST Removed

Functions

Repo Current name Suggest rename Recommended by Approved name
Bitbake test_setscenewhitelist

Patch Files

Repo Recipe Current name Suggest rename Recommended by Approved name Volunteer
core tcp-wrappers 11_tcpd_blacklist.patch 11_tcpd_blocklist.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
core udev-extraconf mount.blacklist mount.disallow Saul Wold as recommended Saul
oe lxdm 0001-lxdm.conf.in-blacklist-root-for-release-images.patch 0001-lxdm.conf.in-deny-root-for-release-images.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
oe multipath-tools 022-RH-Remove-the-property-blacklist-exception-builtin.patch 022-RH-Remove-the-default-property-exception-builtin.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
oe mozjs 0001-Cargo.toml-do-not-abort-on-panic.patch 0001-Cargo.toml-do-not-exit-on-panic.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
oe mozjs 0004-Cargo.toml-do-not-abort-on-panic.patch 0004-Cargo.toml-do-not-exit-on-panic.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
meta-integrity files ima_signing_blacklist ima_signing_blocklist Saul Wold as recommended Saul
meta-efi-secure-boot efitools Fix-the-wrong-dependency-for-blacklist.esl.patch Fix-the-wrong-dependency-esl-file.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul
meta-raspberrypi gstreamer1.0-omx 0005-Don-t-abort-gst_omx_video_dec_set_format-if-there-s-.patch 0005-Don-t-return-gst_omx_video_dec_set_format-if-there-s-.patch Saul Wold as recommended Saul

Migration

A warning mechanism will be added to bitbake to detect the issue (post processing), except for BB_ENV issues. A (limited) conversation script will be created to help with the migration. For those instances where a 1-1 mapping is not achievable, a list of the occurrences and what it should be changed to will occur.

Notes

Some upstream references:

[1][ Linux kernel]

[2][IETF: Terminology, Power and Inclusive Language: Draft v2]

[3][Why changing the terms blacklist and whitelist isn’t as easy as it might seem]

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