Commit f467c564 authored by Ulf Magnusson's avatar Ulf Magnusson Committed by Masahiro Yamada

kconfig: only write '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' for visible symbols

=== Background ===

 - Visible n-valued bool/tristate symbols generate a
   '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' line in the .config file. The idea is to
   remember the user selection without having to set a Makefile
   variable. Having n correspond to the variable being undefined in the
   Makefiles makes for easy CONFIG_* tests.

 - Invisible n-valued bool/tristate symbols normally do not generate a
   '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' line, because user values from .config
   files have no effect on invisible symbols anyway.

Currently, there is one exception to this rule: Any bool/tristate symbol
that gets the value n through a 'default' property generates a
'# CONFIG_FOO is not set' line, even if the symbol is invisible.

Note that this only applies to explicitly given defaults, and not when
the symbol implicitly defaults to n (like bool/tristate symbols without
'default' properties do).

This is inconsistent, and seems redundant:

  - As mentioned, the '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' won't affect the symbol
    once the .config is read back in.

  - Even if the symbol is invisible at first but becomes visible later,
    there shouldn't be any harm in recalculating the default value
    rather than viewing the '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' as a previous
    user value of n.

=== Changes ===

Change sym_calc_value() to only set SYMBOL_WRITE (write to .config) for
non-n-valued 'default' properties.

Note that SYMBOL_WRITE is always set for visible symbols regardless of whether
they have 'default' properties or not, so this change only affects invisible

This reduces the size of the x86 .config on my system by about 1% (due
to removed '# CONFIG_FOO is not set' entries).

One side effect of (and the main motivation for) this change is making
the following two definitions behave exactly the same:

	config FOO

	config FOO
		default n

With this change, neither of these will generate a
'# CONFIG_FOO is not set' line (assuming FOO isn't selected/implied).
That might make it clearer to people that a bare 'default n' is

This change only affects generated .config files and not autoconf.h:
autoconf.h only includes #defines for non-n bool/tristate symbols.

=== Testing ===

The following testing was done with the x86 Kconfigs:

 - .config files generated before and after the change were compared to
   verify that the only difference is some '# CONFIG_FOO is not set'
   entries disappearing. A couple of these were inspected manually, and
   most turned out to be from redundant 'default n/def_bool n'

 - The generated include/generated/autoconf.h was compared before and
   after the change and verified to be identical.

 - As a sanity check, the same modification was done to Kconfiglib.
   The Kconfiglib test suite was then run to check for any mismatches
   against the output of the C implementation.
Signed-off-by: Ulf Magnusson's avatarUlf Magnusson <>
Signed-off-by: 's avatarMasahiro Yamada <>
parent d9119b59
......@@ -403,9 +403,10 @@ void sym_calc_value(struct symbol *sym)
if (!sym_is_choice(sym)) {
prop = sym_get_default_prop(sym);
if (prop) {
sym->flags |= SYMBOL_WRITE;
newval.tri = EXPR_AND(expr_calc_value(prop->expr),
if (newval.tri != no)
sym->flags |= SYMBOL_WRITE;
if (sym->implied.tri != no) {
sym->flags |= SYMBOL_WRITE;
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