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SubjectRe: [PATCH] RISC-V: Add debug defconfigs
On Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 10:03:34PM +0530, Anup Patel wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 8:33 AM Paul Walmsley <> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 5 Dec 2019, Anup Patel wrote:
> >
> > > Various Linux kernel DEBUG options have big performance impact
> > > so these should not be enabled in RISC-V normal defconfigs.
> > >
> > > Instead we should have separate RISC-V debug defconfigs having
> > > these DEBUG options enabled. This way Linux RISC-V can build both
> > > non-debug and debug kernels separately.
> >
> > I respect your point of view, but until the RISC-V kernel port is more
> > mature, I personally am not planning to merge this patch, for reasons
> > discussed in the defconfig patch descriptions and the subsequent pull
> > request threads.
> >
> > I'm sure we'll revisit this in the future to realign with the defconfig
> > debug settings for more mature architecture ports - but my guess is that
> > we'll probably avoid creating debug_defconfigs, since only S390 does that.
> We have a lot of users (Yocto and Buildroot) dependent on the Linux
> defconfig. I understand that you need DEBUG options for SiFive internal
> use but this does not mean all users dependent on Linux defconfig
> should be penalized in-terms of performance.
> This is the right time to introduce debug defconfigs so that you can
> use it for your SiFive internal use and all users dependent on normal
> defconfigs are not penalized in-terms of performance.
> If you still don't want debug defconfigs then I recommend reverting
> your DEBUG options patch and you can find an alternative way to
> enable DEBUG options for SiFive internal use.

None of my business (except that I watch threads with debug in the
subject line) but why propose putting debug options into any kind
of defconfig. If you want standardized set debug options to chase
problems why can't they into a .config file rather than a defconfig

In use it will look like:
make defconfig extra_debug.config

That way you don't have to maintain two almost identical files that will
inevitably drift apart.


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