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SubjectRe: a really annoying feature of the config menu structure
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> as i see it, this can only get worse. the current
>erratic and disorganized structure of the config menus
>is proof of that.
>
> comments?
>

I think the problem with the "Multimedia" menu is that it's misnamed.
It should actually be the "tuners" menu - it's there for audio, digital
video, and video tuners. The same could be said of the networking menu,
and presumably others.

You can actually reorganize things simply by changing the structure of
the top-level Kconfig file. With the following patches, I reorganized
the multimedia options into the form that you are probably looking for.
(hopefully they won't be mangled by my mailer)

With not too much rewriting (many small changes, I think), the menus can
be organized much better.

Essentially, each subdirectory has a Kconfig file that does _not_
declare itself a standalone menu. This allows a parent to decide
whether or not to include it in another menu. The menu should only have
options that pertain to things in its' directory. ie, the Kconfig file
in drivers/net should not include "Networking" as an option - that is a
higher level decision (ie, it decides whether or not to include the
drivers/net config file).

Then, the Kconfig files from various subdirectories can be ordered in
whatever way makes sense from a user's point of view

--- drivers/media/Kconfig.orig 2003-02-18 17:15:46.000000000 -0500
+++ drivers/media/Kconfig.new 2003-02-18 17:25:27.000000000 -0500
@@ -2,8 +2,6 @@
# Multimedia device configuration
#

-menu "Multimedia devices"
-
config VIDEO_DEV
tristate "Video For Linux"
---help---
@@ -32,5 +30,4 @@

source "drivers/media/dvb/Kconfig"

-endmenu

--- arch/i386/Kconfig.orig 2003-02-18 17:17:49.000000000 -0500
+++ arch/i386/Kconfig 2003-02-18 17:18:32.000000000 -0500
@@ -1529,14 +1529,13 @@

source "drivers/char/Kconfig"

-#source drivers/misc/Config.in
-source "drivers/media/Kconfig"
-
source "fs/Kconfig"

source "drivers/video/Kconfig"

-menu "Sound"
+#source drivers/misc/Config.in
+menu "MultiMedia (tuners, sound, video"
+source "drivers/media/Kconfig"

config SOUND
tristate "Sound card support"

-
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