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Patch for config(1) to auto-generate LKMs
Although it took me much more time than I had expected (mainly
because I couldn't find enough spare time), finally I made the first
patch to config(1) to auto-generate LKMs from config(5) with new syntax.
I put the patch and some files at
It only supports LKMs for devices; Pseudo-device support is not
finished, and neither file-systems, syscalls, or options are not
supported. Some devices have problems to become LKMs as I mentions in
README.txt. Many devices have not been tested, so some modules may
not even be loadable. I have tested some device driver LKMs on my
laptop, and some of them worked fine. Others didn't work because of
various reasons; I think I need to modify kernel source codes to fix
them. (I'll come up with a list of success/failure later)
Currently the patched config supports only one "module grouping
rule": one-attribute-in-one-module, which is the good default. I had
a plan to add an option to config(1) to gather many things into one
module to reduce the number of modules, but it is not implemented yet.
I changed my mind on one thing from the discussion at this list; I
thought I should put everything in one Makefile, but I switched to
one-makefile-for-one-module way. I actually implemented the single
Makefile way and it worked for most cases but I couldn't find a good
workaround to handle ath device which has its own extra rules in
It still has many problems and lots to do, but I believe it is a
good step forward.
Please give a try and make some comments.
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