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Date:   Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:43:09 -0700
From:   Randy Dunlap <>
To:     Cong Wang <>
Cc:     Xin Long <>,
        network dev <>,
        David Miller <>,
        Jon Maloy <>,
        Ying Xue <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH net] tipc: not enable tipc when ipv6 works as a module

On 8/17/20 1:29 PM, Cong Wang wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 12:55 PM Randy Dunlap <> wrote:
>> TIPC=m and IPV6=m builds just fine.
>> Having tipc autoload ipv6 is a different problem. (IMO)
>> This Kconfig entry:
>>  menuconfig TIPC
>>         tristate "The TIPC Protocol"
>>         depends on INET
>> +       depends on IPV6 || IPV6=n
>> says:
>> If IPV6=n, TIPC can be y/m/n.
>> If IPV6=y/m, TIPC is limited to whatever IPV6 is set to.
> Hmm, nowadays we _do_ have IPV6=y on popular distros.
> So this means TIPC would have to be builtin after this patch??

No, it does not mean that. We can still have IPV6=y and TIPC=m.

Hm, maybe I should have said this instead:

  If IPV6=y/m, TIPC is limited _by_ whatever IPV6 is set to.
                (instead of    _to_ )

Does that help any?

The "limited" in Kconfig rules is a "less than or equal to"
limit, where 'm' < 'y'.

> Still sounds harsh, right?
> At least on my OpenSUSE I have CONFIG_IPV6=y and
>> TIPC cannot be =y unless IPV6=y.
> Interesting, I never correctly understand that "depends on"
> behavior.
> But even if it builds, how could TIPC module find and load
> IPV6 module? Does IPV6 module automatically become its
> dependency now I think?

Sorry, I don't know about this.


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