[PATCH 1/3] clocksource: defbool CLKSRC_QCOM=y on ARCH_QCOM and make it visible

Daniel Lezcano daniel.lezcano at linaro.org
Wed Nov 25 04:37:53 PST 2015

On 11/25/2015 11:17 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Wednesday 25 November 2015 11:10:49 Daniel Lezcano wrote:
>> On 11/25/2015 02:08 AM, Stephen Boyd wrote:
>>> We want to remove the ARCH_MSM* configs in mach-qcom/Kconfig
>>> because they are mostly proxy configs for selecting the right
>>> clocksource driver. Therefore, make CLKSRC_QCOM default to the
>>> value of ARCH_QCOM, but also make it visible if ARCH_QCOM=y so
>>> that we can turn it off when we don't want it.
>> I have been removing the ARCH dependencies in the Kconfig file.
>> Why do you have to turn it off manually ?
> The background is that this is used only on some of the older
> MSM SoCs, while the newer ones use the arch timer.
> We decided to remove the SoC-specific top-level options from
> mach-msm as they are becoming rather meaningless these days
> and just a burden to maintain at the rate that new variants
> get released, so being able to turn off this driver helps make
> the kernel slightly smaller if you are building a kernel for
> only the more recent models.

Ok, thanks for the clarification.

I don't really like this approach even if it is correct because it 
breaks the current approach I am trying to make consistent across the 

I would like to have the COMPILE_TEST option available for all the 
drivers and move this option under the menu config. This patch will 
prevent to do this code factoring.

On the other side, this option is supposed to have a slightly smaller 
kernel when it is not used. But when does it happen ? When 
ARCH_MSM8X60=n and ARCH_MSM8960=n. With this patchset, I don't see the 
ability to turn these SoCs off as the options are removed. So the 
associated code is not removed, right ?

So why allow to turn off the timer but disallow that for the entire SoC ?

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