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

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 12:37:07 EST

On Saturday 29 September 2007 00:34, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> 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?

Sure, that would probably be pretty trivial to implement too, and
would solve most problems for kernel devs.

At a level up from that, I think ease of use could be improved with
a package manager-type chained-selection/deselection feature in
the config tools.

Not that I'm volunteering to implement either ;)

> 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?)
> Linus
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