|| ||Dave Jones <davej-H+wXaHxf7aLQT0dZR+AlfA-AT-public.gmane.org> |
|| ||Linus Torvalds <torvalds-de/tnXTf+JLsfHDXvbKv3WD2FQJk+8+b-AT-public.gmane.org> |
|| ||Re: [RFC] Simplifying kernel configuration for distro issues |
|| ||Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:02:40 -0400|
|| ||Greg Kroah-Hartman <greg-U8xfFu+wG4EAvxtiuMwx3w-AT-public.gmane.org>,
Ubuntu Kernel Team <kernel-team-nLRlyDuq1AZFpShjVBNYrg-AT-public.gmane.org>,
Debian Kernel Team <debian-kernel-0aAXYlwwYIJuHlm7Suoebg-AT-public.gmane.org>,
OpenSUSE Kernel Team <opensuse-kernel-stAJ6ESoqRxg9hUCZPvPmw-AT-public.gmane.org>,
Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel-u79uwXL29TY76Z2rM5mHXA-AT-public.gmane.org>,
Fedora Kernel Team <kernel-team-rxtnV0ftBwyoClj4AeEUq9i2O/JbrIOy-AT-public.gmane.org>|
|| ||Article, Thread
On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 01:37:41PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> The point I'm slowly getting to is that I would actually love to have
> *distro* Kconfig-files, where the distribution would be able to say
> "These are the minimums I *require* to work".
As long as you don't mind these being added after the fact, I suppose
it would be workable. The reason I say that is sometimes, it even catches *us*
by surprise. We recently found out our virtualisation guys started
using sch_htb for example, and we inadvertantly broke it when we moved
its module to a 'not always installed' kernel subpackage. (and before that, 9PFS..)
People don't tell us anything, but somehow expect things to keep working.
> In addition to the "minimal distro settings", we might also have a few
> "common platform" settings, so that you could basically do a "hey, I
> have a modern PC laptop, make it pick the obvious stuff that a normal
> person needs, like USB storage, FAT/VFAT support, the core power
> management etc".
I wish defconfig was actually something useful like this, instead of..
what the hell is it exactly ? No-one even seems to agree, other than
"random selection of options, many of which were removed n years ago"
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