Re: [PATCH] Kconfig: drop bogus default values

From: Paul Bolle
Date: Thu Mar 12 2015 - 08:11:56 EST

[Removed Yann.]

On Wed, 2015-03-11 at 13:59 +0000, Jan Beulich wrote:
> Default "no" is pretty pointless for options without (visible) prompts:

Related: is there ever a situation where using "default n" or "def_bool
n" makes sense (whether or not the entry has a prompt)? I think I once
thought of one but I can't remember it at all, so I guess my memory is
fooling me.

> They only clutter .config-s with "# CONFIG_... is not set" and thus

As far as I can see the main effect of using "default n" is that this
line will be printed.

> prevent users of "make oldconfig", when the option obtains a prompt or
> its prompt becomes visible, noticing that these may now be enabled.

This side effect doesn't look like a feature. I scanned the source a bit
but - as usual - didn't stumble on a comment that might explain this
behavior. Michal probably feels better at home in the code and might be
able to offer a rationale.

Paul Bolle

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