Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65677
RFE: "binoffset" utility is missing
Last modified: 2008-08-01 12:22:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
the 2.4.18-4 kernel source supports an option, "Kernel .config
option," that allows the .config file used to build a kernel to
be embedded in a kernel, which can then be extracted later.
the extraction script is apparently the file
/usr/src/linux/scripts/extract-ikconfig, which calls the
program "binoffset". the binoffset program does not exist
in this distribution anywhere, but is available on the net
by perusing the LKML mailing lists.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "extract-ikconfig"
Actual Results: fails with "binoffset" not found
Expected Results: binoffset should be part of the distribution so that this
this problem still exists in rh 8.0, with the
2.4.20-2.2 kernel. will anything ever be done
To be honest I see little point in the embedding of the .config (and I expect it
to not be there forever in the source either).
well, it seems that it should be one or the other. either that
feature should be fully supported, or the script and kernel config
feature that supports that should be removed, no?
Ehmm.. that's why the option is off....
I hope you don't mean that Red Hat should patch out all config options that
aren't suppored because that would mean a) a lot of work and b) that people who
want to use things like devfs or reiserfs would get rather upset...
i'm confused. why should it matter whether the option is "off"?
when i run "make xconfig", i can clearly select whether or not to
embed config info in the new kernel.
if this feature is supposed to work, it should be fixed. if,
on the other hand, it's deprecated, then it should be removed.
it's unacceptably misleading to display a kernel config option
that suggests a certain feature exists when it clearly does not.
and this has nothing to do with analogous support for reiserfs or
devfs -- the shell script "extract-ikconfig" exists in the scripts/
directory in the kernel source tree, so this again suggests that
that feature should be there. if one (apparently) builds config
info into the kernel, and tries to get that info back later by
running "extract-ikconfig", that script fails.
that's a bug.
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