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SubjectRe: REGRESSION: Re: [GIT] kconfig rc fixes

On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:19 PM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
<> wrote:
> Em 03-11-2010 22:31, Arnaud Lacombe escreveu:
>> Hi,
>> On Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Mauro Carvalho Chehab
>> <> wrote:
>>> Em 09-10-2010 18:40, Michal Marek escreveu:
>>>> Arnaud Lacombe (1):
>>>>       kconfig: delay symbol direct dependency initialization
>>> This patch generated a regression with V4L build. After applying it,
>>> some Kconfig dependencies that used to work with V4L Kconfig broke.
>> of course, but they were all-likely buggy. If a compiler version N
>> outputs a new legitimate warning because of a bug in the code, you do
>> not switch back to the previous version because the warning wasn't
>> there, you fix the code.
>> That said, please point me to a false positive, eventually with a
>> minimal testcase, and I'll be happy to fix the issue.
> Arnaud,
> In the case of V4L and DVB drivers, what happens is that the same
> USB (or PCI) bridge driver can be attached to lots of
> different chipsets that do analog/digital/audio decoding/encoding.
> A normal user won't need to open his USB TV stick just to see TV on it.
> It just needs to select a bridge driver, and all possible options for encoders
> and decoders are auto-selected.
> If you're an advanced user (or are developing an embedded hardware), you
> know exactly what are the components inside the board/stick. So, the
> Kconfig allows to disable the automatic auto-selection, doing manual
> selection.
> The logic basically implements it, using Kconfig way, on a logic like:
>        auto = ask_user_if_ancillary_drivers_should_be_auto_selected();
>        driver_foo = ask_user_if_driver_foo_should_be_selected();
>        if (driver_foo && auto) {
>                select(bar1);
>                select(bar2);
>                select(bar3);
>                select(bar4);
>        }
> ...
>        if (!auto) {
>                open_menu()
>                ask_user_if_bar1_should_be_selected();
>                ask_user_if_bar2_should_be_selected();
>                ask_user_if_bar3_should_be_selected();
>                ask_user_if_bar4_should_be_selected();
> ...
>                close_menu()
>        }
no, you are hijacking Kconfig for something "illegal". Note that this
last word is not mine, it is the word used in the language

select should be used with care. select will force
a symbol to a value without visiting the dependencies.
By abusing select you are able to select a symbol FOO even
if FOO depends on BAR that is not set.
In general use select only for non-visible symbols
(no prompts anywhere) and for symbols with no dependencies.
That will limit the usefulness but on the other hand avoid
the illegal configurations all over.
kconfig should one day warn about such things.

I guess the last line will need to be dropped, as this day has come.

- Arnaud
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