Commit 0126be38 authored by Masahiro Yamada's avatar Masahiro Yamada

kbuild: announce removal of SUBDIRS if used

SUBDIRS has been kept as a backward compatibility since
commit ("[PATCH] kbuild: external module support") in 2002.

We do not need multiple ways to do the same thing, so I will remove
SUBDIRS after the Linux 5.3 release. I cleaned up in-tree code, and
updated the document so that nobody would try to use it.

Meanwhile, display the following warning if SUBDIRS is used.

Makefile:189: ================= WARNING ================
Makefile:190: 'SUBDIRS' will be removed after Linux 5.3
Makefile:191: Please use 'M=' or 'KBUILD_EXTMOD' instead
Makefile:192: ==========================================
Signed-off-by: 's avatarMasahiro Yamada <>
Acked-by: Boris Brezillon <> # for scx200_docflash.c
Acked-by: Guenter Roeck <> # for scx200_wdt.c
parent 0987abcb
......@@ -81,12 +81,7 @@ KBUILD_EXTMOD
Set the directory to look for the kernel source when building external
The directory can be specified in several ways:
1) Use "M=..." on the command line
2) Environment variable KBUILD_EXTMOD
3) Environment variable SUBDIRS
The possibilities are listed in the order they take precedence.
Using "M=..." will always override the others.
Setting "M=..." takes precedence over KBUILD_EXTMOD.
......@@ -186,6 +186,10 @@ endif
# Old syntax make ... SUBDIRS=$PWD is still supported
# Setting the environment variable KBUILD_EXTMOD take precedence
$(warning ================= WARNING ================)
$(warning 'SUBDIRS' will be removed after Linux 5.3)
$(warning Please use 'M=' or 'KBUILD_EXTMOD' instead)
$(warning ==========================================)
......@@ -216,10 +216,3 @@ static void __exit cleanup_scx200_docflash(void)
Local variables:
compile-command: "make -k -C ../../.. SUBDIRS=drivers/mtd/maps modules"
c-basic-offset: 8
......@@ -262,10 +262,3 @@ static void __exit scx200_wdt_cleanup(void)
Local variables:
compile-command: "make -k -C ../.. SUBDIRS=drivers/char modules"
c-basic-offset: 8
......@@ -14,4 +14,4 @@ HOSTCFLAGS_ucon.o += -I$(objtree)/usr/include
all: modules
modules clean:
$(MAKE) -C ../.. SUBDIRS=$(CURDIR) $@
$(MAKE) -C ../.. M=$(CURDIR) $@
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