Re: [RFC] Simplifying kernel configuration for distro issues

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Thu Jul 19 2012 - 18:49:52 EST

On Thu, 2012-07-19 at 18:35 -0400, Josh Boyer wrote:

> > >2... yeah. I don't really know if that is going to pan out, but I am
> > >ever hopeful. I'd be mostly concerned with people that are coding
> > >userspace applications using every whiz-bang kernel feature. Or not
> > >paying attention at all to the kernel after the initial file creation
> > >and the options going stale (don't follow renames, etc).
> >
> > it would be determined by the distro maintainers who maintain the
> > kernel config for that distro.
> Erm... not in Steven's scheme. At least I don't think distro kernel
> maintainers are going to willingly crawl through every application
> package that might depend on a kernel feature being enabled and maintain
> those files across X number of packages.

Correct. If we keep the selects in the kernel proper, then it would be
the kernel maintainer to make sure it works for the necessary

If we have a directory called /usr/share/Linux/Kconfig.d/ then the
individual packages could add their needed selects. Now this wouldn't be
for the average package. We don't need emacs developers adding any
configs here. It's just for those packages that are already tightly
coupled with the kernel (systemd, iptables, SELinux tools, etc).

-- Steve

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