[PATCH] Kernel output path support

Pavel Roskin proski at gnu.org
Fri May 21 17:49:26 EDT 2004


Linux 2.6 can be compiled to a separate directory.  If the O variable is 
set on the make command line, the source tree is considered read-only. 
All new files are created in the output directory, including .config, 
include/linux/version.h, object files and the compiled kernel.

This feature allows compiling different configurations from the same 
source (possibly even for different architectures), as well as compiling 
from read-only filesystems (e.g. CD-ROM, read-only NFS).

Support for the separate output directory is almost trivial to add.  The 
kernel build system takes care of everything.  But the top-level Makefile 
should include .config from the output directory.

Note that the hostap build system still creates all files in the source 
tree.  I don't think it's worth the trouble to implement the output 
directory for hostap itself.

Pavel Roskin
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--- Makefile
+++ Makefile
@@ -11,13 +11,17 @@
 # Leave this blank for kernel-tree PCMCIA compilations (CONFIG_PCMCIA):
+# Output directory that you used when building Linux kernel, if any.
+# Note: this driver will be compiled to the current directory regardless.
 # This path will be prepended to every installed file
-include $(KERNEL_PATH)/.config
+include $(O)/.config

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