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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Add CONFIG symbol as module attribute
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On 2016-08-23 23:32, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:07:36AM +0200, Michal Marek wrote:
>> On 2016-08-18 19:55, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>> On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 09:26:58PM +0200, Cristina Moraru wrote:
>>>
>>>> This patchset implements dynamic pegging of kconfig symbol
>>>> into driver modinfo section
>>>
>>> First a little bit of motivation here helps, so let me try to
>>> help fill in some gaps. This may help explain what you have
>>> been working on a bit more.
>>>
>>> First, for those that were not Cc'd but curious about this work
>>> so far, you can read the patches here:
>>>
>>> Original cover letter:
>>>
>>> https://lkml.kernel.org/r/1471462023-119645-1-git-send-email-cristina.moraru09@gmail.com
>>>
>>> https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=147146213519750&w=2 - patch 1
>>> https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=147146209019744&w=2 - patch 2
>>> https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=147146211819747&w=2 - patch 3
>>> https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=147146209119745&w=2 - patch 4
>>> https://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=147146209519746&w=2 - patch 5
>>>
>>> There are a few situations in which you may want to extract a
>>> subset of Kconfig CONFIG_* symbols for a system. At least when
>>> only considering modules:
>>>
>>> a) When optimizing build requirements for a kernel for a system.
>>> That is you boot into a distro kernel and then want to build
>>> a slim kernel only with sensible kernel configuration options.
>>>
>>> b) When you are on a distribution kernel but the distribution
>>> kernel provided lacks hardware support for your device, you
>>> may either want to upgrade the full kernel in which case you
>>> want to do a) or -- you may want to just a backports release
>>> which provides just the modules you need, you'd use it on top
>>> of the distribution kernel.
>>
>> c) Having the mapping in sysfs would allow to simplify
>> streamline_config.pl avoid parsing Makefiles in perl.
>
> Indeed, this was actually a side possible goal here :) only it seems
> we totally forgot about it while addressing the work.
>
>> Only if the patch did not depend on streamline_config.pl :)
>
> Indeed, lets get rid of that dependency.
>
>> One idea would be to generate
>> the Module.ksymb in a similar way we generate the modules.builtin file:
>> Generate an alternate include/config/*.conf with all CONFIG_FOO=m
>> replaced with
>>
>> CONFIG_FOO=m-CONFIG_FOO
>>
>> and in the Makefile, iterate over $(filter m-CONFIG_%, $(.VARIABLES)) to
should be obj-m-CONFIG_%

>> create the mapping. This would also properly cover cases where we build
>> the $(obj-m) list from another list. It would certainly create other
>> corner cases, but it's worth trying IMO.
>
> Neat, would that cover lib-m then as well or other targets that would generate
> modules ?

This would have to be handled as well by the patch. Obviously it's not
going to be as simple as described in a single paragraph of text :).


>> Another thing is that we do not necessarily need to record this
>> information in .modinfo, but we can generate a list in
>> /lib/modules/`uname -r`/ for consumption. It could also include drivers
>> that are builtin in the current configuration.
>
> Well so one future use would be for instance a 'make udevconfig' which
> in theory should be able then to scrape all possible related needed
> device CONFIG_'s and then give you an optimal kernel configuration.
> It'd be nice to be able to extract this from the kernel and modules
> without needing build sources in /lib/modules/`uname -r`/.

I meant that the file can be installed by modules_install. Like you have
/lib/modules/`uname -r`/modules.builtin with recent kernels and recent
distro packages. But really, it's a minor issue how the information is
presented to userspace.

Michal

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