Re: [PATCH] modpost: make KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN also configurable for external modules
From: Jonas Gorski
Date: Tue Apr 09 2019 - 06:31:27 EST
æåãçãèããããã, I got sidetracked and completely forgot about it. I
actually still have my old tree with the suggested changes for v2.
On Tue, 9 Apr 2019 at 11:01, Masahiro Yamada
> On Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 5:03 PM Wiebe, Wladislav (Nokia - DE/Ulm)
> <wladislav.wiebe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi!
> > On 07.04.2019 11:04, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
> > > (+CC Jonas Gorski)
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 6:58 PM Wiebe, Wladislav (Nokia - DE/Ulm)
> > > <wladislav.wiebe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Commit ea837f1c0503 ("kbuild: make modpost processing configurable")
> > >> was intended to give KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN flexibility to be configurable.
> > >> Right now KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN gets just ignored when KBUILD_EXTMOD is
> > >> set which happens per default when building modules out of the tree.
> > >>
> > >> This change gives the opportunity to define module build behaving also
> > >> in case of out of tree builds and default will become exit on error.
> > >> Errors which can be detected by the build should be trapped out of the box
> > >> there, unless somebody wants to notice broken stuff later at runtime.
> > >
> > > If an external module refers to a symbol
> > > provided by another external module,
> > > this patch will turn the warning into the error by default,
> > > which is probably a bad idea.
> > Indeed, exactly this should happen. You should fix your external module
> > dependencies by providing their symbols. Please use e.g.
> > KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS instead of converting errors to warning and hoping
> > that things will work.
> I know this option.
> What I want to say is, this patch changes the behavior, and
> may annoy some people.
> > Or how do you want to make sure module A still
> > delivers all symbols needed by module B after an update/changes?
> > Manually comparing the logs after an update or waiting until it turns
> > out broken during run-time? I wouldn't say this is a good idea :-)
> OK, so the commit log should record both the behavior change
> and workarounds.
> - If an external module being built refers to symbols
> in another external module, Kbuild previously showed a warning,
> but going forward it will turn it into an error.
> - To work around this, you should pass a symbol table via KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS,
> or KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS=1 to turn the error into a warning.
This sounds like a good middle ground. When you do the effort of
setting KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS, you are likely interested in proper
dependency resolution and being notified if it fails.
I would probably still use KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN=0 to force the warnings
as errors, to have it as the central switch for the behaviour. So the
behaviour would then become
- If KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN is set to any value, set -w accordingly
- else, set -w only when building for an external module and
KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS is empty
KBUILD_MODPOST_WARN:=$(if $(KBUILD_EXTMOD),$(if $(KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS),,1))