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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] HID: fix default building of all quirky devices
On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 09:43:18AM +0200, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Oct 2008, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > Commit 9be7bbd54df3c9c393ccd19acc49f90c517d1291
> > (HID: build drivers for all quirky devices by default)
> > was wrong in that it select'ed the drivers, causing
> > build errors like the following with CONFIG_USB_HID=n:
> > <-- snip -->
> >
> > ...
> > LD .tmp_vmlinux1
> > drivers/built-in.o: In function `bright_probe':
> > drivers/hid/hid-bright.c:38: undefined reference to `usbhid_set_leds'
> > drivers/hid/hid-bright.c:38: undefined reference to `usbhid_set_leds'
> > drivers/built-in.o: In function `dell_probe':
> > drivers/hid/hid-dell.c:41: undefined reference to `usbhid_set_leds'
> > drivers/hid/hid-dell.c:41: undefined reference to `usbhid_set_leds'
> > drivers/built-in.o: In function `lg_probe':
> > drivers/hid/hid-lg.c:252: undefined reference to `usbhid_set_leds'
> > drivers/hid/hid-lg.c:252: more undefined references to `usbhid_set_leds' follow
> > drivers/built-in.o: In function `sony_set_operational':
> > drivers/hid/hid-sony.c:42: undefined reference to `usb_control_msg'
> > drivers/hid/hid-sony.c:42: undefined reference to `usb_control_msg'
> > make[1]: *** [.tmp_vmlinux1] Error 1
> Hmm ... I am not really sure, isn't this a bug in Kconfig?


> What we have right now:
> - CONFIG_HID selects all the individual quirk-drivers automatically
> - the individual quirk drivers have dependency on CONFIG_USB_HID
> Therefore I'd expect when CONFIG_HID is selected and CONFIG_USB_HID
> deselected the individual drivers not to get built (due to their
> dependency on unset option).

Different people have different expectations.

Many kernel developers seem to wrongly assume kconfig was something
trivial and everything that does not work as expected was a bug in
kconfig. But it is not, and there is no magic bullet like changing
how select behaves in some way that will suddenly solve all problems.

> But currently what happens is when I de-select CONFIG_USB_HID in
> menuconfig, the configuration options for individual drivers vanish from
> the menuconfig menu (which is expected, they depend on unset option), but
> after saving .config they are still there. Is this how it is expected to
> behave? (i.e. select having preference over dependency).

Select ignores dependencies on the selected options.

That's the documented behavior.

> Thanks,



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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