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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL 1/2] Kbuild updates for v4.15
Hi Linus,


2017-11-18 10:51 GMT+09:00 Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>:
> On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 9:22 AM, Masahiro Yamada
> <yamada.masahiro@socionext.com> wrote:
>>
>> Here are Kbuild updates for v4.15. Please pull!
>
> Mind checking that I got the CFLAGS_KCOV behavior right. The conflict
> looked pretty simple, but somebody should check the ordering of the
>
> export CFLAGS_KCOV
>
> vs the actual setting (that is now in scripts/Makefile.kcov.
>
> It probably doesn't matter, but our makefiles are black magic.
>
> Linus


Strictly speaking, there is a case where the placement of "export"
make a difference.


-----(example1)-----
BAR := bar

FOO += $(BAR)
export FOO

BAR := bar2
---------------------


-----(example2)-----
BAR := bar

export FOO
FOO += $(BAR)

BAR := bar2
---------------------


In example1, the exported value for FOO is "bar2"
whereas, in example2, "bar".

The difference probably comes "export" implies
":=" flavor initialization if not explicitly initialized yet.
To avoid confusion, we should explicitly use either ":=" or "=", though.


Talking about the kcov case, CFLAGS_KCOV is initialized by ":="
in scripts/Malefile.kcov, so it should work as we expect.

(In my personal preference, I'd like collect
the kcov stuff into scripts/Makefile.kcof, but
it is just a matter of slight taste.)



--
Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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