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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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