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SubjectRe: [kbuild-devel] Re: [patch] config language dep_* enhancements
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On Thu, 15 Aug 2002 11:52:48 +1000, Greg Banks <gnb@alphalink.com.au>
wrote:

>Roman Zippel wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> On Tue, 13 Aug 2002, Peter Samuelson wrote:
>>
>> > Mutating the language, long-term, so that it looks less like sh [...]
>>
>> That doesn't solve any of the more fundamental problems.
>
>Correct, it doesn't.
>
>> 1) We still have 3 config parsers, which produce slightly different
>> .config files.
>
>Yes.
>
>> 2) To integrate a new driver, you have to touch at least 3 files:
>> Config.in, Config.help, Makefile. Properly configuring and building a
>> driver outside of the tree is painful to impossible.
>
>Yes.
>
>> The problems are really not simple, the current config language is very
>> limited, [...]
>
>I don't think anyone who actually understands the config system would
>argue these points, but we are limited by practical constraints to making
>incremental improvements only.

I've been puzzling about this problem and the CML2 trainwreck.

Maybe we can used advanced tools to remove the many bugs and
inconsistancies and then switch to a better config tool. That way the
rulebase will be (almost) identical when the config process changes.

john alvord
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