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SubjectRe: [kbuild-devel] Re: [patch] config language dep_* enhancements
On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Roman Zippel wrote:

> > 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.
>
> That's fine with me, but nonetheless I'd really like to know where it will
> go to. Just fixing the easy problems is simple, but so far I haven't seen
> any plan on how to fix the hard problems. Anyone starting to fix all the
> problems should have at least some ideas how to do it and I'd really like
> to hear them. I don't want to discourage anyone, but he should understand
> the complete problem first before going for the easy targets.

I think concentrating on the small gotchas for now is a good thing.
Surely not all conceptual problems are fixable easily, they probably need
to be done in conjunction with switching to a common parser etc. (Note:
this switch to a new parser should happen with no change to the config.in
format or semantics, in order to fit the Linux/Linus way of doing things).
However, I think it is too late in 2.5 for these kind of big changes.

That doesn't mean that fixing bugs, of which there are plenty, and small
improvements like "" == "n" where possible shouldn't be done. If nothing
else, it will at least give a better starting point for more elaborate
work later.

--Kai


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