Options depending on STANDALONE
From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Thu Aug 03 2006 - 16:23:33 EST
On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 03:56:17PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 12:36:00PM -0700, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> > > That is good to know. But there is a kernel option which doesn't make
> > > much sense in that case:
> > >
> > > [*] Select only drivers that don't need compile-time external firmware
> > No, that is very different. That option is present if you don't want to
> > build some firmware images from the source that is present in the kernel
> > tree, and instead, use the pre-built stuff that is also present in the
> > kernel tree.
> You're describing PREVENT_FIRMWARE_BUILD. The text Zach quoted is from
> STANDALONE, which is something else completely. That allows us to not
> build drivers that pull in things from /etc and the like during compile.
> (Whoever thought that was a good idea?)
We should also look at what drivers do depend on STANDALONE:
- some OSS drivers
- one DVB driver option (DVB_AV7110_FIRMWARE)
The OSS drivers are more or less RIP, so let's ignore them.
Is DVB_AV7110_FIRMWARE really still required?
ALL other drivers work without such an option.
ACPI_CUSTOM_DSDT seems to be the most interesting case.
It's anyway not usable for distribution kernels, and AFAIR the ACPI
people prefer to get the kernel working with all original DSDTs
(which usually work with at least one other OS) than letting the people
workaround the problem by using a custom DSDT.
It might therefore be possile simply getting rid of CONFIG_STANDALONE?
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