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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kconfig: warn about complex selects

* Vegard Nossum <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Given recent discussion about kconfig and the "select" feature, I have made
> the following quick & dirty patch to detect what I call "complex selects".
> For v2.6.25, I get these warnings:
> sound/pci/Kconfig:512:error: found complex select: SND_FM801_TEA575X -> VIDEO_V4L1
> drivers/ide/Kconfig:890:error: found complex select: ETRAX_IDE -> BLK_DEV_IDEDMA
> drivers/acpi/Kconfig:185:error: found complex select: ACPI_HOTPLUG_CPU -> ACPI_CONTAINER
> While for v2.6.26-rc1, I get these:
> sound/pci/Kconfig:528:error: found complex select: SND_FM801_TEA575X -> VIDEO_V4L1
> drivers/media/video/em28xx/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_EM28XX -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/bt8xx/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_BT848 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/saa7134/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_SAA7134 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/cx88/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_CX88 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/cx23885/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_CX23885 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/ivtv/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_IVTV -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/cx18/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_CX18 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/pvrusb2/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_PVRUSB2 -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/Kconfig:690:error: found complex select: VIDEO_MXB -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/media/video/usbvision/Kconfig:2:error: found complex select: VIDEO_USBVISION -> MEDIA_TUNER
> drivers/acpi/Kconfig:188:error: found complex select: ACPI_HOTPLUG_CPU -> ACPI_CONTAINER
> (In other words, the number of these has increased significantly since
> the last release, and these will probably be hit as compile errors at
> one point or another.)

wow - these are exactly the problems that have been implicated
statistically via all the build failures.

and this concurs with my observation about build failures in this cycle
- 2.6.26 showed a sharp rise in Kconfig space build problems. (and i've
been doing random build tests for a long time)

so your patch is pure gold. A thirty-line quick hack like this if
implemented years ago could have avoided dozens and dozens of build
failures and anguish to users, and we'd have lots less trivial patches
littering the commit logs (and wasting maintainer and review bandwidth)
as well. (because maintainers could act on these messages right when
they introduce the select complexity, avoiding such bugs right at their


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