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SubjectRe: [PATCH] replace "make ARCH=i386/x86_64 with make ARCH=x86"
Sam Ravnborg wrote:
> This patchset unify the i386 and x86_64 Kconfig
> files for x86.
> In addition it replaces the use of ARCH=i386 and
> ARCH=x86_64 with the more intuitive ARCH=x86.
> The primary purpose of this patch serie is to
> enable make ARCH=x86 and let the config decide
> if we are building for 32 or 64 bit.

Yuck, I dislike. Please don't take away this nice development workflow.
the current workflow of

make ARCH=i386 allmodconfig && make ARCH=i386 -sj5

no longer works. Now, the new and ungainly step of editing the .config
is added, with vi or sed.

This also opens a chicken-and-egg problem... What kind of config is
generated by allmodconfig when ARCH==x86? There is no good answer.

The existing tradition of switching between 32-bit and 64-bit was quite
nice, and it was done in The Obvious Way(tm) -- via the method for
specifying the architecture/platform. Switching to Kconfig for that
decision is a step backwards in usability and IMO violates the Principle
of Least Surprise.


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