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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] selftests: Add kselftest_install target to main Makefile
Hi Shuah,

On Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 8:05 AM Shuah Khan <> wrote:
> Add kselftest_install target to install tests from the top level
> Makefile. This is to simplify kselftest use-cases for CI and
> distributions where build and test systems are different.
> This change addresses requests from developers and testers to add
> support for installing kselftest from the main Makefile.
> In addition, make the install directory the same when install is
> run using "make kselftest_install" or by running
> Also fix the INSTALL_PATH variable conflict between main Makefile.
> Signed-off-by: Shuah Khan <>

So, if these two patches were applied, we would see the following:

PHONY += kselftest_build
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests all

PHONY += kselftest
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests run_tests

PHONY += kselftest_install
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests install

PHONY += kselftest-clean
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests clean

I do not want to see this endless crap addition just for
changing the working directory to $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests

Why don't you use pattern rule?
Those will be reduced into the two rules.

PHONY += kselftest
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests run_tests

kselftest-%: FORCE
$(Q)$(MAKE) -C $(srctree)/tools/testing/selftests $*

This also avoids your inconsistency about
"kselftest-" vs "kselftest_".

Given the existing "kselftest-clean" and "kselftest-merge",
"kselftest_build" and "kselftest_install"
(using an underscore instead of n hyphen)
would add needless confusion.

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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