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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/5] Add CONFIG symbol as module attribute
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On 8/24/16, Luis R. Rodriguez <mcgrof@kernel.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 01:05:04PM +0200, Michal Marek wrote:
>> 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 :).
>
> Ah OK, it was not clear to me if your suggestion captured all modules
> already.
> There may still be a way. We just have to look harder. Then what precise
> target was used would be irrelevant.
>
>> >> 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.
>
> Got it.
>
>> But really, it's a minor issue how the information is
>> presented to userspace.
>
> To us perhaps, but to userspace and users this is a big deal. It'd be nice
> to be able to construct a kernel config only with what CONFIG's your
> hardware
> needs, doing this should mean trying to expose enough information in a way
> userspace is easily able to handle. The reason to go with the mod section
> stuff
> was this was already being picked up by udevadm for its own hardware db
> info,
> so this seemed like a logical evolution, and it would not require your
> kernel sources installed.
>
> Luis
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