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Date:	Mon, 18 Dec 2006 04:38:39 -0500 (EST)
From:	"Robert P. J. Day" <>
To:	Stefan Richter <>
cc:	Linux kernel mailing list <>
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH] Make entries in the "Device drivers" menu individually

On Sat, 16 Dec 2006, Stefan Richter wrote:

> Robert P. J. Day wrote on 2006-12-14:
> >   i've posted on this before so here's a slightly-updated patch
> > that uses the kbuild "menuconfig" feature to make numerous entries
> > under the Device drivers menu selectable on the spot.
> Works for me, but I don't see a lot of benefit from it. Actually I
> see two disadvantages of the patch:
>  - Without the patch, the choice of y/m/n for a subsystem and the
> help text is put aside into the submenu. I find this current layout
> simpler and quieter.

it's certainly "simpler and quieter" in one sense, but one need only
look at a submenu like "Network device support" to see a very "loud"
menu, so it's not like this patch would be introducing an
unprecedented level of noise.

also, in the Device Drivers menu, i find it slightly annoying that i
have to *enter* a submenu to read its help information.  if i see the
entry, say, "Dallas's 1-wire bus" and i have no idea what that is and
select "Help", i get the generic help screen.  i need to select that
entry and enter the submenu just to read its top-level help.

in any event, i'm sure folks understand what i'm after here.  if
there's a cleaner and more efficient way to do this, that would work
for me.

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