[U-Boot-Users] Build system improvements?

Wolfgang Denk wd at denx.de
Mon Jun 9 13:51:50 CEST 2003

In message <20030609111148.GA10440 at mars.ravnborg.org> you wrote:
> Being used to the Linux kernel 2.5 build system, the build system for
> Das U-Boot looks like an area for improvements.
> What features are most seeked among the u-boot developers?
> I will not promise, but I may take a stamp on it.

This has been discussed  at  length  before.  See  the  mailing  list
archive, for example the thread "Linux Kernel Config 1.2 for u-boot?"
started by Holger Schurig on Tue, 5 Nov 2002.

> Being inspired from the Linux kernel I have the following things in mind:
> (no particular order)
> - Less verbose output

Less verbose output? Please don't.

If you want a semi-silent build just use "MAKEALL  target".  For  all
other  cases  I  insist  on being able to see what's going on. I hate
"silent" build procedures where you have to waste your time to figure
out what's going wrong and where and why.

> - Dependency generation including dependency on CONFIG symbols
> - Kernel config tool

See previous discussion.

First thing you should do is to define _why_ you want to do this.  Do
you  want  to  make  it easier to port U-Boot to a new board? Is yout
target group the programmer who just starts his first  port,  or  the
expert who is doing this for the umpteenth time?

Best regards,

Wolfgang Denk

Software Engineering:  Embedded and Realtime Systems,  Embedded Linux
Phone: (+49)-8142-4596-87  Fax: (+49)-8142-4596-88  Email: wd at denx.de
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