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SubjectRe: [PATCH] PoC "make xconfig" Search Facility
On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 21:53:04 +0200 Shlomi Fish wrote:

> On Tuesday 28 March 2006 20:43, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> > On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:50:41 +0200 Shlomi Fish wrote:
> > > Hi all!
> > >
> > > [ I'm not subscribed to this list so please CC me on your replies. ]
> > >
> > > This patch adds a proof-of-concept search facility to "make xconfig".
> > > Current problems and limitations:
> > >
> > > 1. Only case-insensitive single-substring search is supported.
> > >
> > > 2. The style is completely wrong, as I could not find a suitable vim
> > > configuration for editing Linux kernel source (and Google was not help).
> > > If anyone can refer me to one, I'll be grateful.
> >
> > I don't know of a vim config for kernel source code.
>
> Too bad. :(
>
> > Just read/use Documentation/CodingStyle, although for this code that
> > probably doesn't matter so much (since this isn't kernel run-time code).
>
> Thing is when I enter tabs by default in Vim it uses 4 whitespace, and I need
> it to insert a real tab. This is just an example, I want to edit this in
> comfort.
>
> Surely some kernel hackers use Vim, and someone must have come up with a vim
> config for editing kernel source.

Sure, lots of us do, but I'm not aware of an accepted vim config file for
kernel work. My vim doesn't use spaces for tabs, e.g.
And there are a few source files in the kernel with vi(m) settings in them.
Maybe that could help you.

> > > 3. At the moment the results are displayed in a listbox as text. One
> > > cannot go from the result node to the place to toggle it in the
> > > configuration. (much less from one of it ancessorts)
> > >
> > > But it works!
> > >
> > > The patch is against kernel 2.6.16-git13.
> > >
> > > Comments, suggestions, corrections, and flames are welcome.
> >
> > Thanks. It's useful and a good start.
>
> Thanks.
>
> >
> > A one-line comment about how to invoke it would have been nice:
> > Use Edit/Find or Ctrl-F to invoke the search (find) tool.
> >
>
> Where do you want this comment in? In the source code? In the application
> itself? Somewhere else?

Oh, just in your email mainly. and in the source code could help also.


> > To be really useful it needs to display items that SELECT the search string
> > IMO. Look at how menuconfig can do that.
> >
> > E.g., for FW_LOADER (my favorite because it keeps me from disabling HOTPLUG
> > so often), using /FW_LOADER in menuconfig tells me what SELECTs FW_LOADER
> > as well as where it's defined.
>
> Yes, I realise that. Of course implementing it in "make xconfig" would be
> completely different than in "make menu config".

Right, I just meant the use of it.

> > Being able to enter more queries without leaving the dialog box is
> > nice/good.
> >
> > Oh, and patches should apply with 'patch -p1' (i.e., their filenames should
> > begin with linux-tree/scripts/ etc., not with scripts/*).
>
> OK, I'll keep it in mind.


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~Randy
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