Patch available: join-config (fixes menuconfig failures)

Michael Elizabeth Chastain (
Sun, 17 May 1998 04:28:34 -0500

Hi guys,

I have a patch ready for testing:


This patch introduces join-config, a new program in the configuration
process. join-config reads arch/$(ARCH)/ and processes
the 'source' lines.

My motivation for this patch is a nasty bug in Menuconfig where
an awk script processes source directives. If a file is not found,
the script thrashes. It turns out there are several implementations
of awk in the world, and they have different ways to detect
"file not found" on reading. So -- I moved this bit of work into
a C program that gives proper error messages.

For example, if I run this on stock 2.1.102, I get this error
message from 'make menuconfig':

% make menuconfig
scripts/join-config: drivers/sound/lowlevel/ No such file or directory
make: *** [scripts/config.all] Error 1

Please test this out and let me know if it works.


Michael Chastain
"love without fear"

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to