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SubjectRe: Kconfig fails: big select-based circular dependency
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[Cc-ing Yann and linux-kbuild.]

On Thu, 2014-06-12 at 10:47 +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> If no one responds, I'll assume that no one is interested, and I'll
> just create a pile of patches removing a bunch of these idiotic select
> statements at random to break this loop.

I looked into a much, much easier "recursive dependency" warning
recently. That triggered me to post
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1678946 . In summary: select
statements are treated as "reverse dependencies", but that is actually
rather odd.

See, for example, DMADEVICES in this warning: the kconfig code treats it
as if it's depending on SAMSUNG_DMADEV. But I would be very surprised if
that was what was intended when that select statement was added. Please
note that I have not yet really looked into the mess you reported. But
for now I'll state that a recursive dependency warning involving select
statements is probably bogus. Perhaps Yann e.a. can prove me wrong.

I might have an ugly hack to the kconfig code disabling the "recursive
dependency" stuff stashed away somewhere. Not sure, as it's been two
months...


Paul Bolle

> On Sat, Jun 07, 2014 at 10:09:44AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > This is getting silly:
> >
> > scripts/kconfig/conf --silentoldconfig Kconfig
> > drivers/dma/Kconfig:5:error: recursive dependency detected!
> > drivers/dma/Kconfig:5: symbol DMADEVICES is selected by SAMSUNG_DMADEV
> > arch/arm/plat-samsung/Kconfig:412: symbol SAMSUNG_DMADEV is selected by S3C64XX_PL080
> > arch/arm/mach-s3c64xx/Kconfig:20: symbol S3C64XX_PL080 is selected by SPI_S3C64XX
> > drivers/spi/Kconfig:429: symbol SPI_S3C64XX depends on SPI
> > drivers/spi/Kconfig:8: symbol SPI is selected by DRM_PANEL_LD9040
> > drivers/gpu/drm/panel/Kconfig:19: symbol DRM_PANEL_LD9040 depends on DRM_PANEL
> > drivers/gpu/drm/panel/Kconfig:1: symbol DRM_PANEL is selected by DRM_IMX_LDB
> > drivers/staging/imx-drm/Kconfig:35: symbol DRM_IMX_LDB depends on MFD_SYSCON
> > drivers/mfd/Kconfig:722: symbol MFD_SYSCON is selected by POWER_RESET_KEYSTONE
> > drivers/power/reset/Kconfig:76: symbol POWER_RESET_KEYSTONE depends on POWER_SUPPLY
> > drivers/power/Kconfig:1: symbol POWER_SUPPLY is selected by HID_SONY
> > drivers/hid/Kconfig:622: symbol HID_SONY depends on NEW_LEDS
> > drivers/leds/Kconfig:8: symbol NEW_LEDS is selected by BACKLIGHT_ADP8860
> > drivers/video/backlight/Kconfig:327: symbol BACKLIGHT_ADP8860 depends on BACKLIGHT_CLASS_DEVICE
> > drivers/video/backlight/Kconfig:156: symbol BACKLIGHT_CLASS_DEVICE is selected by FB_MX3
> > drivers/video/fbdev/Kconfig:2333: symbol FB_MX3 depends on MX3_IPU
> > drivers/dma/Kconfig:121: symbol MX3_IPU depends on DMADEVICES
> >
> > This is a good illustration why the select disease is truely bad...



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