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Re: [RFC] Simplifying kernel configuration for distro issues

On Thu, 19 Jul 2012, Ben Hutchings wrote:

On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 06:30:47PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:

For the end user case you need the distro to plonk the right file in the
right place and be done with it, once they do that the rest is
bikeshedding a ten line Makefile rule.

This might work well for future releases; is there not a need to
make this work for past releases too?

This approach can work for any 3.x kernel version with any distro. The distro provides the file, with a new kernel version you do "make distconfig', with something prior to when this is added you do 'cp /etc/kconfig/filename .config ; make oldconfig' instead.

the make oldconfig papers over a LOT of differences between the kernel that the distro built with and the kernel the user is trying to compile.

David Lang

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