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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Permanently fix kernel configuration include mess (was: Missing #include <config.h>)
    On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 03:08:26PM +0100, Russell King wrote:
    > On Tue, Sep 13, 2005 at 02:56:23PM +0100, Jörn Engel wrote:
    > > After spending some hours last night and this morning hunting a bug,
    > > I've found that a different include order made a difference. Some
    > > files don't work correctly, unless config.h is included before.
    > I'm still of the opinion that we should add
    > -imacros include/linux/config.h
    > to the gcc command line and stop bothering with trying to get
    > linux/config.h included into the right files and not in others.
    > (which then means we can eliminate linux/config.h from all files.)
    > From what you can see below, missing includes of it can remain
    > for months, and it can cause bugs which are rather non-obvious.

    Well, fixing all the ARM related config.h include mess, the patch
    comes out at 53K with this diffstat summary:

    150 files changed, 142 insertions(+), 91 deletions(-)

    I really think we should stop being crazy and apply something like
    the patch below instead. Afterwards, we may optionally want to re-
    educate people to not include linux/config.h after all.

    Subject: [KBUILD] Permanently fix kernel configuration include mess.

    Include autoconf.h into every kernel compilation via the gcc
    command line using -imacros. This ensures that we have the
    kernel configuration included from the start, rather than
    relying on each file having #include <linux/config.h> as
    appropriate. History has shown that this is something which
    is difficult to get right.

    Since we now include the kernel configuration automatically,
    make configcheck becomes meaningless, so remove it.

    Signed-off-by: Russell King <>

    diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
    --- a/Makefile
    +++ b/Makefile
    @@ -346,7 +346,8 @@ AFLAGS_KERNEL =
    # Use LINUXINCLUDE when you must reference the include/ directory.
    # Needed to be compatible with the O= option
    LINUXINCLUDE := -Iinclude \
    - $(if $(KBUILD_SRC),-Iinclude2 -I$(srctree)/include)
    + $(if $(KBUILD_SRC),-Iinclude2 -I$(srctree)/include) \
    + -imacros include/linux/autoconf.h


    @@ -1247,11 +1248,6 @@ tags: FORCE
    # Scripts to check various things for consistency
    # ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

    - find * $(RCS_FIND_IGNORE) \
    - -name '*.[hcS]' -type f -print | sort \
    - | xargs $(PERL) -w scripts/
    find * $(RCS_FIND_IGNORE) \
    -name '*.[hcS]' -type f -print | sort \
    Russell King
    Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
    maintainer of: 2.6 Serial core
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