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SubjectRe: 2.6.22-git* regression: Kconfig prompts without help text
Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Jul 16 2007 20:49, Stefan Richter wrote:
>>
>>It is an error to add visible Kconfig options without help text. Among
>>them are the new "menuconfig" options. Jan obviously never uses "make
>>oldconfig".
>
> Untrue. Users of menuconfig/xconfig/gconfig who do not know what an
> item is supposed to do would not get any helptext either.

I mentioned 'make oldconfig' because there you can't get a preview of
what other options you are perhaps about to enable or disable.

> It's just that I did not quite know what helptext to put there
> besides some trivial "enable this to see more fluffy options from
> this category". Feel free to add Blame-From: <srichter> :)

Maybe I'm extraordinarily dumb, but I felt unable to determine for sure
what consequences enabling or disabling some of those new prompts had
when I ran 'make oldconfig' for the first time in a post-2.6.22 tree.

Will saying Y merely present further options, or will it actually cause
something to be built?

> But see below.
>
>>Most of these options were added after 2.6.22:
>>
>>BLK_DEV
>>HID_SUPPORT
>>INSTRUMENTATION
>>MACINTOSH_DRIVERS
>>MISC_DEVICES
>>USB_SUPPORT
>>
>>Here are suggestions for help texts. Please verify if they are correct
>>and check whether there are more new (menuconfig) options without help
>>texts.
>
> Other config options without text include:
>
> CRYPTO_HW (b511431d85948823ec58639bd3137b910964be34)
> AUXDISPLAY (f5920969fb9e29c9d60568864d0a56fe85e8f4b6)
> VIRTUALIZATION (de062065a5293d8f434acb2d6ba5df87ad76bbd9)
> ATM_DRIVERS (4151ce3159c18a990da7fd6f0fe36c73d1c40f87)
> NETDEV_1000 (f30486d57bceec2364aa696403d64429ada61b60)
> NETDEV_10000 (f30486d57bceec2364aa696403d64429ada61b60)
>
> Thanks for the starting help texts. I have produced a cumulative patch
> with both yours and the extra ones listed above.

Thanks for making an actual patch out of it and adding these other bits.

> Can we somehow sneak
> this directly in without split-to-maintainers? tis' just some help text.
> (Patch below)
>
>>PS:
>>
>>I believe one possible *bug* of this menuconfig stuff is that if (1.)
>>user X disables menuconfig A in linux-2.6.x because nothing interesting
>>for him is in there, (2.) developer Y adds something very interesting in
>>menu A in linux-2.6.x+1, --> (3.) user X will miss this new option when
>>he runs "make oldconfig" when switching to linux-2.6.x+1 because
>>everything between 'if A'...'endif # A' will be invisible and disabled.
>
> If I once said "I don't want no USB", I do not want to be prompted in a later
> version for USB_COFFEE_PAD. :)

Sure, if I disable USB now I expect that I may possibly miss
USB_COFFEE_PAD in 2.6.47. That wouldn't worry me.

But what about loosely defined categories like BLK_DEV, INSTRUMENTATION,
MISC_DEVICES? What functionality will be provided by their suboptions
in 2.6.47?
--
Stefan Richter
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