Re: [PATCH] build some drivers only when compile-testing
From: Felipe Balbi
Date: Tue Jun 18 2013 - 04:21:26 EST
On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 06:51:32AM +0200, Michal Marek wrote:
> Dne 17.6.2013 22:05, Jiri Slaby napsal(a):
> > 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 . Except he
> > called the config option "SHOW_ALL_DRIVERS". Adding the current
> > maintainer to CCs ;).
> I agree with Sam. 'depends on XY || COMPILE_TEST' is quite
> self-explanatory. And even if it's not, you can look up the help text
> for COMPILE_TEST. With "archdepends on" or "available on", you need to
> know what to look for to override the dependency.
you will still end up with:
depends on (ARCH_OMAP || ARCH_EXYNOS || ARCH_DAVINCI || ARCH_PPC || ...)
And every now and again that particular line will be updated to add
another arch dependency.
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