No-IDE kernel compile link errors

Hollis R Blanchard hollis+ at
Wed Mar 10 01:36:52 EST 1999

On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Tom Rini wrote:

> On Mon, 8 Mar 1999, Hollis R Blanchard wrote:
> > When I rerun 'make menuconfig', I find that the IDE stuff has been
> > re-enabled on me. My other changes were saved, though. Examining the
> > .config file, I find that CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDE_PMAC and
> > CONFIG_PARIDE_PARPORT are both set to y.
> The CONFIG_PARIDE_PARPORT is just a "test" variable, it doesn't turn
> on/off anything in the code, just when the config stuff is going on.  From
> what I remember of drivers/block/, that's prolly a good thing
> that it's set.
> > On a related note, I've always wondered who maintains the Makefiles for the
> > kernel. Is it communal, and if so, are patches to the Makefiles submitted
> > just like source patches?
> It sounds like you accidently set the CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDE to Y in the
> arch-spec area (where early BootX Text and TotalImpact card support is).
> This ugliiness is fixed by one of the ide patches in the patches dfir on
> nmt.

I disabled all IDE everythings (I swear), including "Support for PowerMac IDE
devices (must also enable IDE)" in General setup. Note that when I disable
this and re-run menuconfig, it has been enabled again.

Also, even when I comment out all Makefile options that include the string
"IDE", I still get that link error. I (perhaps naively) assumed there's kernel
code that should be behind a #ifdef IDE but isn't.

I eventually gave in and just enabled the damn IDE stuff. Compiles on my
PowerCenter 132 take a lot longer then I'd like, and to have them fail every
time is very frustrating. This is not the machine to test this on.

However, since I really don't want anything to do with IDE in my kernel, I'll
hope this gets taken care of - or do the NMT patches mentioned fix it? FWIW, I
got my sources from NMT (the 3/7 vger snapshot).


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