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Date:	Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:15:29 -0700
From:	Guenter Roeck <linux@...ck-us.net>
To:	Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@...radead.org>,
	Stephen Rothwell <sfr@...b.auug.org.au>
CC:	linux-next@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Anish Bhatt <anish@...lsio.com>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"James E.J. Bottomley" <JBottomley@...allels.com>
Subject: Re: linux-next: Tree for Sep 19

On 09/19/2014 03:21 PM, Randy Dunlap wrote:
> On 09/19/14 14:14, Guenter Roeck wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 04:58:17PM +1000, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Changes since 20140917:
>>>
>>> The fsl tree still had its build failure so I used the version from
>>> next-20140917.
>>>
>>> The v4l-dvb tree lost its build failure.
>>>
>>> The security tree gained a conflict against the file-locks tree.
>>>
>>> Non-merge commits (relative to Linus' tree): 6014
>>>   5488 files changed, 217522 insertions(+), 129375 deletions(-)
>>>
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>
>> Guess this is most difficult one.
>>
>> mips:nlm_xlp_defconfig:
>>
>> warning: (SCSI_BNX2X_FCOE && LIBFCOE && TCM_QLA2XXX) selects LIBFC which has
>> unmet direct dependencies (SCSI_LOWLEVEL && SCSI && SCSI_FC_ATTRS)
>> warning: (SCSI_BNX2X_FCOE && LIBFCOE && TCM_QLA2XXX) selects LIBFC which has
>> unmet direct dependencies (SCSI_LOWLEVEL && SCSI && SCSI_FC_ATTRS)
>
> Yes, I have a patch sitting on my hard drive that makes LIBFCOE and TCM_QLA2XXX
> and SCSI_BNX2X_FCOE depend on SCSI_FC_ATTRS, but I'm not entirely happy about
> having to hunt these down (even with the help of kconfig warnings).
>

One key problem is that nlm_xlp_defconfig does not configure NET anymore.
this is after 'scsi_netlink : Make SCSI_NETLINK dependent on NET instead
of selecting NET' was applied.

In fact, there are many more affected configurations; the change from
"select XXX" to "depends XXX" has far reaching consequences, as many
configurations are no longer valid. For mips alone I find that this commit
changes the following configurations.

e55_defconfig
gpr_defconfig
ip27_defconfig
jazz_defconfig
loongson3_defconfig
malta_defconfig
malta_kvm_defconfig
malta_kvm_guest_defconfig
mtx1_defconfig
nlm_xlp_defconfig
nlm_xlr_defconfig
rm200_defconfig

e55_defconfig is almost the same as before, but only because CONFIG_NET
was not configured for it to start with. For all others, CONFIG_NET is
no longer set. This effectively means that out of 55 mips configurations,
11 or 20% are now bad. This is 3.17-rc5. vs. next-20140919.

Frankly, I don't think this change was really helpful. On the contrary,
we will be in a lot of trouble when this change makes it upstream.
It might be be a good idea to be much more careful when making such
changes. Cleaning up configuration dependencies is a laudable goal,
but when it breaks configurations all over the place it does more damage
than it is worth.

Guenter

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