[PATCH 0/4] ARM: mvebu: minor Armada 370 RD improvements

Jason Cooper jason at lakedaemon.net
Thu Sep 11 07:26:01 PDT 2014


On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 04:00:00PM +0200, Thomas Petazzoni wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:43:23 +0200, Andrew Lunn wrote:
> > A point for discussion, triggered by 3/4. We have repeatedly seen
> > issues with modular builds, which we don't see with everything built
> > in. Can we improve our testing? Is there is way to take for example
> > mvebu_v7_defconfig and turn any y tristate options into m? Build and
> > boot? Get this added to the boot test farms?
> I indeed agree that we are not testing much the modular case, but:
>  1/ In my case, a mvebu_v7_defconfig where most the stuff would become
>     enabled as a module would make mvebu_v7_defconfig pretty much
>     useless for my daily work. When I'm doing active development, I
>     typically have everything built-in including the initramfs itself,
>     so that I don't rely on any storage/network to get the rootfs and
>     additional kernel drivers.
>  2/ I don't think it would change much in terms of runtime coverage:
>     the tests done on the boot farm are just boot tests, I don't think
>     they load any kernel module. We could ask Kevin and Olof what
>     rootfs they use, but most likely it's some very small rootfs that
>     doesn't even have udev/mdev for automatic module loading. So no
>     module would be loaded, which would mean that a mvebu_v7_defconfig
>     with everything as a module would actually test *less* thing than a
>     configuration that has everything built in.
> So, I agree on the observation, but I'm unsure the proposed solution
> will really solve or even improve the situation :/

Since debian does modular builds on a regular basis, maybe they have
some recommendations.

My thought is that I doubt we're the only SoC family with this issue.
To avoid the maintenance headache of extra _mod_defconfig's, perhaps we
could add a ./scripts/config toggle to turn the current .config enabled
tristates into modules?



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