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From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
To: David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org>
Cc: Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [patch] MTD: fix DOC2000/2001/2001PLUS build error
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 18:09:07 -0800 (PST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0702061757420.8424@woody.linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1170808679.29759.1081.camel@pmac.infradead.org>



On Wed, 7 Feb 2007, David Woodhouse wrote:
> 
> I think 'make oldconfig_noselect' is the way forward. We can both have
> what we want.

Actually, I think there might be an even more interesting schenario.

The Kconfig language right not is ternary, which is fine as an arithmetic, 
but the problem *may* be that we actually want it to be more expressive.

If instead of a ternary "y/m/n" calculus, we would use a "Y/y/m/n/N" 
quinary logic, where "Y" and "N" are like "force on/off", you might have 
the following:

	"y + depends on => n"
	"Y + depends on => Y, and the depends on to Y too"
	"n/N + depends on => n"

	"y/Y + selected => y"
	"n + select => y"
	"N + select => N, and the select to N"

In other words, "Y" means "force to Y, even if it has a dependency (which 
we'll also have to force", while "N" means "force to N, even if it is 
getting selected, in which case the selection will also be forced to N").

So then you can say things like

 - edit .config, and set *any* value to "Y", and it will force-enable 
   anything that that depends on when you run "make oldconfig", even if it 
   was an "depends on"

 - edit .config, and set *any* value to "N", and it fill force-disable 
   anything that selects that when you you run "make oldconfig"

The problem here is that:

 - you can get inconsistent situations ("but he wanted to both force that 
   on *and* off!")

 - "select" actually is much nicer, in that it unambiguously selects one 
   other symbol. But "depends on" is very hard to force, because you may 
   have something like (totally made up)

	depends on X86 || (ALPHA && PCI)

   which is impossible to force (*which* one do you force?) on.

but something like this would be nice for both the text-based "make 
oldconfig" kind of thing *and* for any graphical configuration things 
("dammit, I want this OFF, when I press the force-off-buffon you turn 
anything off that needs it!")

But the two problems above might make it impractical..

			Linus

  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-07  2:09 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 95+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-04 19:10 Super Kernel Sunday! Linus Torvalds
2007-02-04 19:40 ` Bauke Jan Douma
2007-02-04 21:00   ` Gene Heskett
2007-02-04 21:11   ` Kevin K
2007-02-04 19:56 ` Alessandro Suardi
2007-02-05  8:39 ` Jonathan Sambrook
2007-02-05  8:45 ` [patch] MTD: fix DOC2000/2001/2001PLUS build error Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 13:06   ` Josh Boyer
2007-02-05 13:34   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 15:56     ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 16:08       ` Arjan van de Ven
2007-02-05 16:12       ` Russell King
2007-02-05 16:17         ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 16:22       ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 16:26         ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 16:31           ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 16:58             ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 17:05               ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 17:08               ` Russell King
2007-02-05 21:15               ` Ingo Oeser
2007-02-06 13:32                 ` Gerhard Mack
2007-02-05 21:17               ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 21:28                 ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 21:39                   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 21:49                     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 21:53                       ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 22:21                         ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 22:31                           ` Randy Dunlap
2007-02-05 23:09                             ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 23:21                               ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 23:32                                 ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06  0:04                                   ` Mark Rustad
2007-02-06 15:55                                     ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-06 16:20                                       ` Mark Rustad
2007-02-06  9:45                                   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 15:51                                     ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-06 16:53                                     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 22:38                                       ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 22:39                                         ` Randy Dunlap
2007-02-06 23:11                                           ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 23:15                                             ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 23:18                                             ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 23:49                                               ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 22:53                                         ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 23:11                                           ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 23:28                                             ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-06 23:36                                               ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 23:41                                                 ` Randy Dunlap
2007-02-06 23:49                                                   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06 23:52                                                   ` Robert P. J. Day
2007-02-06 23:55                                                 ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-07  0:03                                                   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-07  0:21                                                     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-07  0:30                                                       ` Randy Dunlap
2007-02-07  0:37                                                       ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-07  2:09                                                         ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2007-02-07 13:51                                                       ` Sunil Naidu
2007-02-06  1:09                                 ` Theodore Tso
2007-02-06  6:09                                   ` Matt Mackall
2007-02-06 16:04                                     ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-06 16:41                                       ` Matt Mackall
2007-02-06 18:03                                         ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-06  0:00                               ` Jeff Garzik
2007-02-06 13:52                               ` Jörn Engel
2007-02-06 15:16                               ` Mark Lord
2007-02-08  8:18                                 ` David Lang
2007-02-08  9:44                                 ` Jörn Engel
2007-02-06 15:41                           ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-05 22:21                       ` Alan
2007-02-05 22:35                         ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 21:50                 ` Alan
2007-02-05 21:41                   ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-06  5:46                 ` Matt Mackall
2007-02-06 15:34                   ` Paul Mundt
2007-02-06 22:39                   ` Haavard Skinnemoen
2007-02-06 22:51                     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 16:33           ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 16:46           ` Russell King
2007-02-05 16:52             ` Ingo Molnar
2007-02-05 17:04               ` Russell King
2007-02-05 16:32     ` Linus Torvalds
2007-02-05 16:50       ` Russell King
2007-02-05 16:52       ` David Woodhouse
2007-02-05 17:58 ` Super Kernel Sunday! Jan Engelhardt
2007-02-05 18:07   ` Kevin Fox
2007-02-06 19:02   ` Stephen Hemminger
2007-02-05 21:27 ` [2.6.20] Regression in dmfe driver Thomas Bächler
2007-02-06  9:38   ` Thierry Vignaud
2007-02-06 22:40     ` Thomas Bächler
2007-02-27 13:58 ` [PATA] Failed to set xfermode on LITE-ON LTR-48246S Philipp Matthias Hahn
2007-03-05  4:10   ` Tejun Heo
2007-03-05 10:38     ` Philipp Matthias Hahn
2007-03-05 15:46       ` Tejun Heo
2007-03-06  9:23         ` Philipp Matthias Hahn
2007-03-09 12:50           ` Tejun Heo

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