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Date:	Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:23:18 +0300
From:	Vladimir Kondratiev <>
To:	Michal Marek <>
CC:	Joe Perches <>,
	"John W . Linville" <>,
	<>, <>,
	netdev <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/5] wil6210: Convert to Kbuild

On Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:22:47 AM Michal Marek wrote:
> On 2014-04-09 18:06, Joe Perches wrote:
> > (adding Michal Marek)
> > 
> > On Wed, 2014-04-09 at 17:08 +0300, Vladimir Kondratiev wrote:
> >> On Tuesday, April 08, 2014 09:14:51 AM Joe Perches wrote:
> >>> On Tue, 2014-04-08 at 11:36 +0300, Vladimir Kondratiev wrote:
> >>>> Convert Makefile -> Kbuild,
> >>>> to make off-kernel development easier and less intrusive.
> >>> No drivers/net directory uses Kbuild.
> >>> Why should this?
> >>
> >> because it makes it easier to do off-kernel development, and then
> >> move things to the proper location within the kernel without
> >> conflicting changes in the Makefile.
> You can create a GNUmakefile for this purpose, it takes precedence over
> Makefile.
> >> As I understand, Kbuild is better choice because it is really not
> >> standalone "Makefile", it is intended to be included by the real
> >> Makefile. Thus, distinct name is better.
> >> Are there any reasons why not using Kbuild? I did not found
> >> guidelines when use Kbuild and when not.
> Kbuild is a slightly better choice because it better describes the
> content, but I don't think its needed to rename existing Makefiles just
> because of that. Kbuild is needed in the toplevel directory or in
> arch/*/, where Makefile has a different special meaning. The out of tree
> build use case can be solved by a GNUmakefile.

Originally, I followed the code found at
They have Kbuild for in-kernel use and Makefile for out-of-tree

But now I found, Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.txt says:
The preferred name for the kbuild files are 'Makefile' but 'Kbuild' can
be used and if both a 'Makefile' and a 'Kbuild' file exists, then the 'Kbuild'
file will be used.

Accordingly to this, would you say I should drop this patch and go with
GNUmakefile + Makefile for internal development? I am pretty neutral with
this, just need to know what is the proper way.

Thanks, Vladimir 
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