Re: [PATCHv1 2/2] Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt: update documentation

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Sun Jul 13 2014 - 17:26:36 EST

On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 12:15:30PM +0200, Yann Droneaud wrote:
> Documentation in kbuild/headers_install.txt is not
> up to date regarding:
> - way to list the various architectures;
> - path where the headers are installed.
> This patch try to fix these issues.
> Cc: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Michal Marek <mmarek@xxxxxxx>
> Cc: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Rob Landley <rob@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Sam Ravnborg <sam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Yann Droneaud <ydroneaud@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt | 15 ++++++++-------
> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt b/Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt
> index 951eb9f1e040..8b6751f10dd3 100644
> --- a/Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/kbuild/headers_install.txt
> @@ -24,23 +24,24 @@ The "make headers_install" command can be run in the top level directory of the
> kernel source code (or using a standard out-of-tree build). It takes two
> optional arguments:
> - make headers_install ARCH=i386 INSTALL_HDR_PATH=/usr/include
> + make headers_install ARCH=i386 INSTALL_HDR_PATH=/usr


> to see a list of supported architectures use
> the command:
> - ls -d include/asm-* | sed 's/.*-//'
> + /bin/ls -1 arch/*/include/asm/Kbuild | sed -e 's,^arch/,,' \
> + -e 's,/include/asm/Kbuild$,,'
This information is nor relevant these days as all architectures support exporting userspace headers.
So drop this part of the documentation.
cris is broken - I will send a patch to fix this.
In reality um does not support exporting headers - but it makes no sense either.
We do not want to do anything special just to mention that um is not included.

> The command "make headers_install_all" exports headers for all architectures
> simultaneously. (This is mostly of interest to distribution maintainers,
> who create an architecture-independent tarball from the resulting include
> directory.)
I have seriously considered dropping the "headers_install_all" target.
It does not make any sense as some files are optional for the individual archs
and only pure luck will define if the relevant fiels are included or not.

We would still like the "headers_check_all" feature but this is better done in
a small shell script than as it is today where we need special handling
to support it in Makefile.headersinst - and it adds complexity
to the top-level Makefile which we shall avoid.
But this is unrelated to your documentation clean-up.

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