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    SubjectRe: RfC: Don't cd into subdirs during kbuild
    On Thu, Oct 03, 2002 at 03:19:57PM -0500, Kai Germaschewski wrote:
    > > Furthermore the construct:
    > > obj-y := some.o dot.o .o module.o
    > > Seems illogical to me. What does obj-y mean to me??
    > > mandatory-objs := some.o dot.o .o module.o
    > No, I think once you've understood obj-$(CONFIG_FOO), the meaning
    > of obj-y is perfectly clear. Giving multiple names to the samt thing is
    > not good, next thing would be people wondering what the difference
    > between obj-y and mandatory-objs is.

    I disagree here. To me it looks like obj-y is a misuse of the
    obj-$(CONFIG_XXX) rule.
    It looks much more intuitive to have a separate rule. But common practice
    today differ so it should stay.
    Another argument is that we should keep the way to express things down
    only one way.

    > Initially, it was for built-in targets in addition to the standard
    > O_TARGET, like arch/i386/kernel/head.o.
    > I've been abusing it for scripts/, and I shouldn't be doing that.

    You used EXTRA_TARGETS to make sure host-progs programs got compiled.
    In general the way to use host-progs is not nice.

    Typical usage:

    host-progs := gentbl
    include $(TOPDIR)/Rules.make
    %tbl: %data: $(obj)/ $(obj)/gentbl
    gentbl $< $@

    In other words you need to make an explicit prerequisite to the host-progs
    to get it build, which is what you did with EXTRA_TARGETS.

    I would advocate for another solution:
    Let programs listed in host-progs be compiled always.
    Then the makefile could assign host-progs conditionally instead.
    find -name Makefile | xargs grep host-progs | wc -l

    A doable task, that I'm ready to do.

    We could also define
    force-host-progs :=
    or something similar.

    > > > -cmd_link_multi = $(LD) $(LDFLAGS) $(EXTRA_LDFLAGS) -r -o $@ $(filter $($(basename $@)-objs),$^)
    > > > +cmd_link_multi = $(LD) $(LDFLAGS) $(EXTRA_LDFLAGS) -r -o $@ $(filter $(addprefix $(obj)/,$($(subst $(obj)/,,$(@:.o=-objs)))),$^)
    > > Keep a variable without obj appended would make this readable I think.
    > I agree that it is not particularly readable, but I'm limited to what make
    > offers. What do you suggest?

    $(notdir $(@:.o=-objs))


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