From: Randy Dunlap on
On Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:47:48 -0400 Aristeu Rozanski wrote:

> This patch has been around for a long time in Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise
> Linux kernels and it may be useful for others. The nonint_oldconfig target
> will fail and print the unset config options while loose_nonint_oldconfig will
> simply let the config option unset. They're useful in distro kernel packages
> where the config files are built using a combination of smaller config files.
> The patch's author AFAIK is Arjan van de Ven. Arjan, please add a Signed-off-by
> if you're the original author.

Roland McGrath added the loose parts according to his email of 2008.Mar.05:
"I added this one (loose_nonint_oldconfig target, -B option to conf)."

after Dave Jones posted this patch.

(adding linux-kbuild mailing list & kbuild maintainer)

Acked-by: Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap(a)>

> Signed-off-by: Aristeu Rozanski <aris(a)>

> @@ -613,5 +641,5 @@ int main(int ac, char **av)
> exit(1);
> }
> }
> - return 0;
> + return return_value;
> }

Having 'make oldconfig' exit with Exit status: 139 (for example)
can be confusing. I know that from experience. It took me a bit
to find out what that meant. That part could be improved...

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