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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kconfig: always use user input symbols
Hi Tycho,

On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 5:08 PM, Tycho Andersen <tycho@docker.com> wrote:
> ...regardless of visibility.
>
> When a symbol that is not visible by default (e.g. PNFS_FLEXFILE_LAYOUT)
> has a default value, it is impossible to set the value to something not the
> default:
>
> ~/packages/linux render-symbol-inputs grep FLEXFILE .config
> CONFIG_PNFS_FLEXFILE_LAYOUT=y
> ~/packages/linux render-symbol-inputs make oldconfig
> scripts/kconfig/conf --oldconfig Kconfig
> ~/packages/linux render-symbol-inputs grep FLEXFILE .config
> CONFIG_PNFS_FLEXFILE_LAYOUT=m
>
> There are two reasons for this: the symbol's user input value is only
> considered when it is visible (hunks 2 and 3), and the user values are
> explicitly ignored (hunk 1) if the symbols are not visible.
>
> It's not clear to me why hunk 1 exists. I'm sure it solve some problem, but
> I'm not sure why we would ever want to discard user input values, and
> causes a problem exactly as the comment describes.

This is intentional. If a symbol is not visible, it's not meant to be changed
by the user, as doing so may break things (at build or runtime).

E.g. running "make oldconfig" after a kernel upgrade may retain the old
state of a variable, which is now invalid. Ignoring invisible symbols
avoids this.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

--
Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
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-- Linus Torvalds

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