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Linus writes ...

mec> (2) Make the architecture a configuration variable (!)

linus> Why?

The real reason is that it's the right thing to do. Part of a
configuration is "what machine it's for".

Here are some benefits:

(a) Arjan's testing machinery would catch problems in all architectures,
not just the x86.

(b> The sparc / sparc64 people can manage their builds a lot easier.

(c) With separate source and build trees, which I've implemented,
it becomes a lot more feaasible to manage kernel builds for
multiple platforms.

> Hey, maybe you have a few 18GB disks lying around, but none of the
> machines I use every day could afford to have another 5-6 cross-
> compilation environments lying around. It's just not practical.

So don't do it. You build with your favorite configuration, and I'll
build with my favorite 100 configurations.

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