[PATCH] ARM: kbuild: Fix forced rebuild after 'make dtbs'

Michal Marek mmarek at suse.cz
Wed Nov 26 01:39:48 PST 2014

On 2014-11-26 00:51, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:41:35PM +0100, Michal Marek wrote:
>> Dne 2.11.2014 v 21:52 Jason Cooper napsal(a):
>>> After this patch:
>>>   f4d4ffc03efc kbuild: dtbs_install: new make target
>>> was added the kernel tree, Linus Walleij noticed that 'make dtbs' forced
>>> a following 'make zImage' to rebuild the entire tree, even though
>>> nothing had changed.  His report:
>>>   After this patch a while back I have observed the following behaviour
>>>   of the kernel build:
>>>   make zImage
>>>   make zImage
>>>   -> incremental build, just relink
>>>   make zImage
>>>   make dtbs
>>>   make zImage
>>>   -> The whole kernel gets rebuilt
>>>   So now if I happen to recompile my device trees, I suddenly want
>>>   the entire zImage to be rebuilt to? It's by definition not changes
>>>   that affect the kernel build :-(
>>>   I noticed this because my build scripts calls make dtbs && make
>>>   zImage, and started to rebuild absolutely everything all the time.
>>> To fix this, we make only the dtbs_install target depend on the prepare
>>> target.  It's needed to make sure KERNELVERSION is calculated prior to
>>> installing.
>> If a mere 'make prepare' causes a rebuild of the whole kernel, then
>> there is something fishy in the ARM Makefiles. However, if you only need
>> the KERNELRELEASE variable, then you do not need to depend on prepare.
>> The main Makefile makes sure that silentoldconfig is ran and therefore
>> KERNELRELEASE set for all targets except make *config.
> Running make prepare and then re-running a build doesn't rebuild anything
> for me.  However, I always build with O=  Also works if I do a make
> dtbs too.  So, everything seems to work as expected here.

Good :).

> I think this needs a bit more debugging to see why the whole kernel is
> being rebuilt - the kernel build system has methods to tell you why stuff
> is being built, which would be a good place to start.

Right, this is make V=2.


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