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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/4] tools: Add a toplevel Makefile

* Borislav Petkov <bp@amd64.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:26:05AM +0200, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
> > > $ make tools/<toolname> tinstall
> > But this makes no sense.
> >
> > It would be better to be consistent - so the user does not need to remember
> > when to add a space and when not.
> >
> > make tools/<command> where <command> is one of help, install, clean, "nothing"
> > make tools/<toolname>
> > make tools/<toolname>_<comand> where command is the same set of commands
> >
> >
> > then a user could do:
> >
> > make tools/clean
> > make tools/perf
> > make tools/perf_install
> >
> > or
> >
> > make tools/clean
> > make tools/
> > make tools/install
>
> This one I had hard time imagining: who would install all
> tools but I guess it could have it's use...

regression testing?

> > The install target could implicitly include the build
> > target.
> >
> > With this scheme the user is up to less suprises.
> >
> > All the above are only minor adjustments compared to what
> > you already did. bt the consistency here is a gain (IMO).
>
> ... but yeah, those make sense to me too, let's see what the
> others think, Arnaldo, Ingo?

Well, if Sam and Michal are fine with it I'm a happy camper.

One question. Instead of:

make tools/perf_install

Couldnt we beat kbuild into submission to allow the much more
obvious:

make tools/perf install

?

I don't think anyone would expect the *kernel* to be installed
in such a circumstance - so it's only a question of making the
Makefile understand it, right?

Thanks,

Ingo


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