Re: [PATCH 0/3] build linux-next without perl

From: Rob Landley
Date: Wed Feb 27 2013 - 23:49:00 EST

On 02/27/2013 03:51:55 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
On Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:57:52 -0800 (PST)
Rob Landley <rob@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Before 2.6.25 building Linux never required perl. This patch series removes
> the requirement from basic kernel builds (tested on i686, x86_64, arm, mips,
> powerpc, sparc, sh4, and m68k). Now updated to 3.8-rc1.
> Note, this removes perl from the _build_ environment, not from the _development_
> environment. This is approximately the same logic behind "make menuconfig"
> requiring curses but "make oldconfig" not requiring curses. Including
> zconf.lex.c_shipped in kconfig and then requiring perl makes no sense.
> ...
> Mostly people just copy the patches into their local projects (ala
> ) but I'm reposting
> them to linux-kernel after Gentoo considered using these patches, but didn't
> because they weren't upstream:

Sitting here scratching head wondering why you-need-perl is a problem
for anyone.

That gentoo bug report provides some explanation: "perl was removed
from @system". But I expect other people have different reasons.

IOW, please better describe the motivation for this patchset.

P.S. A much shorter reply than mine, from David Anders:

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