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SubjectRe: Please revert "debug: Make CONFIG_EXPERT select CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL to unhide debug options"
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2011/9/30 Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>:
> On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 08:05:19AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 04:42:45PM +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
>> > I was just wondering why I was asked about all the debug options when I
>> > tried 3.1-rc8, and that was due to commit f505c553 (debug: Make
>> > CONFIG_EXPERT select CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL to unhide debug options),
>> > the full commit is below.
>> >
>> > It is wrong, and the author does not seem to understand how Kconfig works.
>> >
>> > The commit message is:
>> >
>> >     Several debugging options currently default to y, such as
>> >     CONFIG_DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE and CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA.  Embedded users
>> >     might want to turn those options off to save space; however,
>> >     turning them off requires turning on CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL to
>> >     unhide them.  Since CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL exists specifically to
>> >     unhide debugging options, and CONFIG_EXPERT exists specifically
>> >     to unhide options potentially needed by experts and/or embedded
>> >     users, make CONFIG_EXPERT automatically imply
>> >     CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL.
>> >
>> >
>> > Let me point at the obvious fact that both CONFIG_DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE and
>> > CONFIG_DEBUG_RODATA do depend on DEBUG_KERNEL, and are contrary to the
>> > claim of the author of this patch never enabled with
>> > CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL=n. [1]
>>
>> Not true:
>>
>> ~/src/linux-2.6$ rm .config
>> ~/src/linux-2.6$ make allnoconfig
>>   HOSTCC  scripts/basic/fixdep
>>   HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/conf.o
>>   HOSTCC  scripts/kconfig/zconf.tab.o
>>   HOSTLD  scripts/kconfig/conf
>> scripts/kconfig/conf --allnoconfig Kconfig
>> #
>> # configuration written to .config
>> #
>> ~/src/linux-2.6$ grep BUGVERBOSE .config
>> CONFIG_DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE=y
>> ~/src/linux-2.6$ grep DEBUG_KERNEL .config
>> # CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL is not set
>>
>> DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE does not depend on DEBUG_KERNEL; it just only shows up
>> with DEBUG_KERNEL (and EXPERT) set.  The *description* has a conditional
>> on DEBUG_KERNEL and EXPERT:
>>
>> config DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE
>>         bool "Verbose BUG() reporting (adds 70K)" if DEBUG_KERNEL && EXPERT
>>
>> That doesn't mean the same thing as "depends on DEBUG_KERNEL".
>
> Indeed.
>
> But for DEBUG_RODATA it is the case. That said given the issue described
> with DEBUG_BUGVERSBOSE, it makes only the changelog buggy, not the patch.
>
> Also the patch was supposed to have a broader cleanup effect:
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/6/6/641
>
> But we applied an earlier version by accident.
>
> All in one I think we chose a wrong way to fix the issue. It's annoying to
> have all the configs that are only visible with CONFIG_EXPERT spread all
> around in random config menu.
>
> Anything that has "if CONFIG_EXPERT" should probably be moved under the CONFIG_EXPERT
> menu so that it's visible and found right away.
>

But now I realize there are too many things all around that have "if
EXPERT". So I guess we need to continue that way :)
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