[PATCH 1/2] powerpc: fix the dependency issue for CRASH_DUMP

Kevin Hao haokexin at gmail.com
Tue May 5 12:27:43 AEST 2015

On Mon, May 04, 2015 at 05:17:17PM -0500, Scott Wood wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-04-30 at 20:29 +0800, Kevin Hao wrote:
> > In the current code, the RELOCATABLE will be forcedly enabled when
> > enabling CRASH_DUMP. But for ppc32, the RELOCABLE also depend on
> > ADVANCED_OPTIONS and select NONSTATIC_KERNEL. This will cause build
> > error when CRASH_DUMP=y && ADVANCED_OPTIONS=n. Even there is no such
> > issue for ppc64, but select is only for non-visible symbols and for
> > symbols with no dependencies. As for a symbol like RELOCATABLE, it is
> > definitely not suitable to select it. So choose to depend on it.
> Why is it "definitely not suitable to select it", provided the
> ADVANCED_OPTIONS dependency is removed, and the FLATMEM dependency is
> moved to places that select RELOCATABLE?

Even with this change, the definition of RELOCATABLE still be something like
    config RELOCATABLE
           bool "Build a relocatable kernel"
           depends on (PPC64 && !COMPILE_TEST) || 44x || FSL_BOOKE
           select NONSTATIC_KERNEL

Quoted form Documentation/kbuild/kconfig-language.txt:
        select should be used with care. select will force
        a symbol to a value without visiting the dependencies.
        By abusing select you are able to select a symbol FOO even
        if FOO depends on BAR that is not set.
        In general use select only for non-visible symbols
        (no prompts anywhere) and for symbols with no dependencies.
        That will limit the usefulness but on the other hand avoid
        the illegal configurations all over.

So it is always error prone to select a kernel option like this.

>  It seems wrong that the user
> should have to enable ADVANCED_OPTIONS to even see the option to build a
> crash kernel.

Yes, it seems ridiculous. But this is fixed in the patch 2.

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