Re: 64bit clean drivers was Re: Linux 2.4.20-pre1

From: Andi Kleen (
Date: Wed Aug 07 2002 - 06:18:13 EST

On Wed, Aug 07, 2002 at 07:10:36AM -0400, Alan Cox wrote:
> > dep_bool .... $CONFIG_X86_32
> >
> > Would that be acceptable for you? (ok that would not cover ppc32 for
> > example, but they may have other issues with the driver)
> dep_bool doesnt have negations, bracketing or or operations. Thats why
> CML1 can't handle it but CML2 probably could have

But you can always define negative symbols (CONFIG_4GB CONFIG_32BIT CONFIG_LITTLE_ENDIAN,
no need for !CONFIG_BIG_ENDIAN). I don't see how or should be
needed with careful chosing of symbols.

> > They will discover it when they don't find a driver for an device and
> > can then find the disabled configuration and look into fixing it
> > (for someone able to fix the driver checking the configuration should
> > be trivial)
> No they'll mail you asking where it has gone

That's fine too.

> > In my opinion it is just not acceptable when the enable the driver by
> > mistake or load the wrong module and it crashes.
> Thats a packaging issue for distributed prebuilt kernel trees. Also crashes
> are the only way you are going to find out what needs fixing, who wants to
> fix it and the like

I disagree. In my opinion such low standards on the kernel configuration
are not acceptable. Things that 100% will not work should not be

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