----- Original Message -----
From: Giacomo Catenazzi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Erik Mouw <J.A.K.Mouw@its.tudelft.nl>; Rogier Wolff
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: Arch specific/multiple Configure.help files?
> email@example.com wrote:
> > I went ahead and implemented the change last night anyway and I
> > will submit the patches and see if it will be accepted or not.
> > The idea is that it first check in arch/$ARCH/Configure.help
> > and if the file or the help is not found there,
> > check Documentation/Configure.help.
> > I believe there is an advantage from a maintenance point of view.
> > It least for our CRIS architecture, I don't think it's any benefit to
> > "bloat" the Documentation/Configure.help with a lot of
> > CONFIG_ETRAX entries for the various hardware inerfaces
> > when the help and config can be kept locally.
> This was already discussed on kbuild list.
> It is better to have only 1 Configure.help. This help
> translation of the file and help busy developers.
> They should not rewrite texts in every Configure.help.
I can't see that 1 file makes it easier.
The same help text is only present in one file,
either arch/$ARCH/Configure.help or
The help system first checks the file in arch/$ARCH and if
the help is not present there it checks the one in Documentation/
> If you should provide a special help on a specific ARCH you
> could modify the symbols: instead of
> : bool 'std IPC support' CONFIG_IPC
> you can do:
> : bool 'arch specific IPC help' CONFIG_IPC_STRANGE_ARCH
> : define_bool CONFIG_IPC CONFIG_IPC_STRANGE_ARCH
Don't know if you missunderstood me or if I missunderstand
The typical use for the arch specific help file would only cover
the arch specific CONFIG options (although it could "override"
the general help text in Documentation/Configure.help with
an arch specific one, but if you do that I guess you're doing
> ESR CML2 have the defualt path for Configure.help build in
> the rules files, but it can be overriden by command options
> to use an other Configure.help (the format do not change).
I want to be able to use two help files.
> It is also designed so that a distribution can include
> a translation of Configure.help. (But we don't expect
> to include translation in std linux kernel)
> > BTW: I added this to scripts/Configure and scripts/Menuconfig
> > but I know to little tcl/tk to get it to work for the xconfig case.
> > The variable $ARCH was not found and I don't know how to make
> > it get it from the environment variables.
> $ARCH is set on the top of the main Makefile. You can copy
> the small shell script from here.
I found the $env(ARCH) syntax by searching the net a little so now
make xconfig works with 2 helpfiles as well.
> > /Johan
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