Re: [PATCH] build some drivers only when compile-testing

From: Jiri Slaby
Date: Mon Jun 17 2013 - 16:05:30 EST

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.On 05/23/2013 05:09 AM, Jeff Mahoney wrote:
> On 5/22/13 10:23 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 11:18:46AM +0200, Jiri Slaby wrote:
>>> Some drivers can be built on more platforms than they run on. This
>>> causes users and distributors packaging burden when they have to
>>> manually deselect some drivers from their allmodconfigs. Or sometimes
>>> it is even impossible to disable the drivers without patching the
>>> kernel.
>>> Introduce a new config option COMPILE_TEST and make all those drivers
>>> to depend on the platform they run on, or on the COMPILE_TEST option.
>>> Now, when users/distributors choose COMPILE_TEST=n they will not have
>>> the drivers in their allmodconfig setups, but developers still can
>>> compile-test them with COMPILE_TEST=y.
>> I understand the urge, and it's getting hard for distros to handle these
>> drivers that just don't work on other architectures, but it's really
>> valuable to ensure that they build properly, for those of us that don't
>> have many/any cross compilers set up.

But this is exactly what COMPILE_TEST will give us when set to "y", or
am I missing something?

>>> Now the drivers where we use this new option:
>>> * PTP_1588_CLOCK_PCH: The PCH EG20T is only compatible with Intel Atom
>>> processors so it should depend on x86.
>>> * FB_GEODE: Geode is 32-bit only so only enable it for X86_32.
>>> * USB_CHIPIDEA_IMX: The OF_DEVICE dependency will be met on powerpc
>>> systems -- which do not actually support the hardware via that
>>> method.
>> This seems ripe to start to get really messy, really quickly. Shouldn't
>> "default configs" handle if this "should" be enabled for a platform or
>> not, and let the rest of us just build them with no problems?
> If every time a new Kconfig option is added, corresponding default
> config updates come with it, sure. I just don't see that happening,
> especially when it can be done much more clearly in the Kconfig while
> the developer is writing the driver.
>> What problems is this causing you? Are you running out of space in
>> kernel packages with drivers that will never be actually used?
> Wasted build resources. Wasted disk space on /every/ system the kernel
> package is installed on. We're all trying to pare down the kernel
> packages to eliminate wasted space and doing it manually means a bunch
> of research, sometimes with incorrect assumptions about the results,
> needs to be done by someone not usually associated with that code. That
> research gets repeated by people maintaining kernel packages for pretty
> much every distro.

I second all the above.

>>> +config COMPILE_TEST
>>> + bool "Compile also drivers which will not load" if EXPERT
>> EXPERT is getting to be the "let's hide it here" option, isn't it...
>> I don't know, if no one else strongly objects, I can be convinced that
>> this is needed, but so far, I don't see why it really is, or what this
>> is going to help with.
> I'm not convinced adding a || COMPILE_TEST option to every driver that
> may be arch specific is the best way to go either. Perhaps adding a new
> Kconfig verb called "archdepends on" or something that will evaluate as
> true if COMPILE_TEST is enabled but will evaluate the conditional if
> not. *waves hands*

Sam Ravnborg (the kconfig ex-maintainer) once wrote that he doesn't want
to extend the kconfig language for this purpose (which I support). That
a config option is fine and sufficient in this case [1]. Except he
called the config option "SHOW_ALL_DRIVERS". Adding the current
maintainer to CCs ;).


The last point I inclined to the Greg's argument to remove the EXPERT

So currently I have what is attached... Comments?

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