[PATCH v5 1/4] ethernet: arc: Add support for Rockchip SoC layer device tree bindings

Beniamino Galvani b.galvani at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 14:38:21 PDT 2014

On Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 11:33:38AM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> This is a recurring problem: 
> driver a depends on x and selects y
> driver b depends on y and selects x
> Maybe we should teach Kconfig to not worry about it when x and y are
> both user-selectable as well.
> However, a nicer solution would be if we could agree for each symbol
> on who is supposed to 'select' or 'depends on' it. In particular,
> we are inconsistent about CONFIG_REGULATOR:
> MDIO_SUN4I probably should not 'select' it but instead 'depends on'
> this symbol if anything. It would be nice if someone could submit
> a patch to that effect. EMAC_ROCKCHIP could also drop the dependency
> on REGULATOR: you can still build the driver without that subsystem
> being enabled, but then all the regulators have to be set up by
> the boot loader.

Thanks, things are clearer now. 

If I understand correctly the dependency of MDIO_SUN4I on REGULATOR
can be dropped as well for the same reason; I will send a patch for


> There isn't much we can do about the PHYLIB dependency, unless we
> turn it into a silent symbol that gets selected by all phy drivers,
> or we change all network drivers that currently 'select' it to
> 'depends on'. I don't really want to get involved in that discussion ;-)
> 	Arnd

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