Re: [PATCH] 9p: fix compile error if !CONFIG_SYSCTL

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 10:35:29 EST

On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Nick Piggin wrote:
> >
> > God I hate select.
> IMO a better implementation would result in a notification / confirmation of
> turning on new items, and the ability to deselect options which will also
> confirm to deselect dependants. Like most other systems that have similar
> problem to solve.

Actually, the *really* nice thing to do would be to just add the reason
something got enabled into the ".config" file.

IOW, wouldn't it be nice if the .config file just said

CONFIG_ACPI=y # selected by X86_64_ACPI_NUMA
CONFIG_ACPI_PROCFS=y # user choice

etc, since the config process actually does know these things?

That way, there's always a fairly straightforward way to see why some
configuration is the way it is (and the .config file is not only useful
for "make oldconfig", it's also what normally gets passed around for bug
reports, and is part of distro kernel packages etc, so it would seem to be
the right place, no?)

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