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SubjectRe: why does x86 "make defconfig" build a single, lonely module?
On Sun, 13 May 2007, James Bottomley wrote:

> On Sun, 2007-05-13 at 12:06 -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
> > On Sun, May 13, 2007 at 11:22:55AM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > >
> > > not a big deal, but is there a reason that a "make defconfig" on my
> > > x86 system ends up selecting and building a single module?
> > >
> > > Building modules, stage 2.
> > > MODPOST 1 modules
> > > CC drivers/scsi/scsi_wait_scan.mod.o
> > > LD [M] drivers/scsi/scsi_wait_scan.ko
> > >
> > > is there something special about that module? just curious.
> >
> > My guess is that someone was paranoid and wanted not to have
> > to answer a zillion "my machine won't boot any more" questions
> > when async scsi scanning was added.
> > This might further clarify..
> >
> > ---
> >
> > The scsi_wait_scan module is only really useful if async scanning
> > is enabled.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/scsi/Kconfig b/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
> > index e62d23f..0f6c370 100644
> > --- a/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
> > +++ b/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
> > @@ -244,7 +244,7 @@ config SCSI_SCAN_ASYNC
> > config SCSI_WAIT_SCAN
> > tristate
> > default m
> > - depends on SCSI
> > + depends on SCSI_SCAN_ASYNC
>
> No. SCSI_SCAN_ASYNC is a bool ... if you depend on it, you'll force
> the wait scan to be built in, which isn't the idea at all.

since this thread looks like it's going to get away from me in a
hurry :-), my only point in asking was to point out that that lone
module was the only thing preventing the build from being module-free.

i'm not saying that that's *necessarily* a good thing, but it just
strikes me as odd that, out of all of the possible modules that might
be selected in a default config for x86, this was the *only* one that
was picked.

i just think it's a bit weird, that's all.

rday

p.s. it's mostly a case of -- whenever i notice something being done
only *once* in the entire source tree, i'm always a bit leery.

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