[Buildroot] [Bug 769] Update configuration menu for MIPS target

Michael S. Zick minimod at morethan.org
Mon Dec 14 11:56:08 UTC 2009

On Sun December 13 2009, bugzilla at busybox.net wrote:
> https://bugs.busybox.net/show_bug.cgi?id=769 
> --- Comment #1 from Mike Z <minimod at morethan.org>  2009-12-13 18:46:19 UTC ---
> Screenshot of new MIPS target configuration sub-menu here:
> http://morethan.org/bldrt/xconfig2.png

Well, in spite of all the feedback I am getting on this project,
I think it looks good.  It also generates the required gcc 
options for cores from 1984 to October 2009.

Supports three modes:
"Full automatic" - based on Core codenames
"Semi-automatic" - Core codename + Manual modification of feature sets.
"Full manual" - Baby, your on your own.

The real key to this project was the splitting of Config.in.arch
into per-target files (Config.in.mips, Config.in.arm, ...).

That leaves each target arch to be dealt with by the lead contributor
and/or target maintainer (12 people rather than 1) **without**
any cross-target symbol dependencies (which Config.in.arch is full of).

Each target configuration sub-menu is "wrapped" with:
menu "MyArch target configuration"
  depends on MyArch
- - - -

Giving the closest thing to a namespace that kbuild understands.

The output interfaces with the existing Buildroot using the existing
symbol names + plus target generated booleans to drive the CFLAGS
option list generation.

Makes it much, much easier to add/remove/mark broken targets by arch.
Note: GCC supports 46 targets, **NO** I am not going to write 45 more
of these things!  Not even if someone paid me.

But getting the other current targets to continue working again is 
almost trivial - I planned it that way.


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