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SubjectRe: please, where has xconfig KConf option documentation gone with linux 4.8's Qt5 / Qt4 xconfig ?
 Aha, thanks! I never would have known this without being told -
there is no visible indication that the symbol info pane exists
at all until one tries to drag the lower right corner of the window
notth-eastwards - is this meant to be somehow an intuitive thing to
do these days to view more info ?

I did manage to view the option documentation with nconfig /
using emacs to view the KConf files (preferable).

Really, it would be nice if xconfig had some 'View' Menu & one could select
View -> Option Documentation or press <F1> over an option to view the
documentation for it , and if the geometry of the different panes was
correct at
startup .- the whole Option value pane initially appears on the far right hand
side, about 10 pixels wide , until resized ; and there really is no sign of the
documentation pane at all until lower right-hand corner dragged.

Also, in the Help -> Introduction panel, it says :
"Toggling Show Debug Info under the Options menu will show the
but there is no "Show Debug Info" option on the Options menu - sounds like
it might be a useful feature - should I be seeing a "Show Debug Info" option ?
why don't I see one ? Maybe the Options menu might be a good place to put
an "Expand Option Documentation Pane" option ?

Thanks anyway for the info.


On 11/10/2016, Randy Dunlap <> wrote:
> [changed linux-config to linux-kbuild list]
> On 10/09/16 13:46, Jason Vas Dias wrote:
>> Hi -
>> I've been doing 'make xconfig' to configure the kernel for many years
>> now, and
>> always there used to be some option documentation pane populated with
>> summary documentation for the specific option selected .
>> But now, when built for Qt 5.7.0, (also tried Qt 4.8 and GTK) there
>> is no option
>> documentation pane - this is a real pain ! The option documentation also
>> is not displayed with any other gui, eg. 'make menuconfig' / 'make
>> gtkconfig' -
>> I'm sure it used to be . This is a regression IMHO .
>> How can I restore display of documentation for each selected option ?
>> Will older xconfig work for Linux 4.8 ? it appears not ...
>> Thanks in advance for any replies,
>> Jason
> That's odd. I see the help info in all of xconfig, gconfig, menuconfig, &
> nconfig.
> In xconfig, if the right hand side of the config window only lists some
> kernel config
> options and no symbol help/info, the symbol info portion may be hidden. Try
> pointing
> to the bottom of the right side of the window and hold down the left mouse
> button
> and then drag the mouse pointer upward to open the symbol info pane.
> At least that is what works for me.
> --
> ~Randy

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