Wednesday, April 27, 2022

[fedora-arm] Re: wondering about a few kernel config options

On 4/27/22 11:06, Peter Robinson wrote:
> Hey Dusty,
>>> Hey jforbes,
>>> I'm looking at buying a quartz64 ARM board (relatively new board
>>> from pine64 kind of like a Raspberry Pi) [1]. I think there are
>>> some config options in the kernel that need to be set. I found where
>>> someone opened a PR for Arch [2]. I compared that with what we have
>>> in the Fedora aarch64 kernel config and here's what would need to change:
>>> CONFIG_MMC_SDHCI_OF_DWCMSHC is not set -> y
>>> Is changing kernel config options a big ask or a reasonable request?
> Is it a big ask? No, is it a reasonable request? No.
> These are arm devices so please come to the arm list/maintainers with
> these requests?

These were kernel config options so I reached out to Justin for advice. He
gave me great advice by pointing me here, where I'll come in the future for
requests like this.

In hindsight the config options are related to an ARM device, so it would have
been good to start here.

>> This should not be a problem. I am CCing
>> so that others are aware. I will try to remember for 5.17.5 tomorrow,
>> but on vacation travelling by motorcycle this week, so if I forget,
>> remind me early next week.
> Why do they need to be built in? They don't. One is a SDHCI driver and
> the other is an ethernet PHY, both are dealt with in initrd just fine
> and have no reason to be built in, we deal with these just fine across
> 100s of other devices in initrd.

That's good news, but the way you delivered the news makes me feel really dumb.

I'm not an expert in these topics and what is obvious to you isn't obvious to me
or a lot of people. I was trying to do some due diligence up front for a board I'd
like to purchase and run my favorite distribution on. I found where someone running
Arch needed these kernel config options set so I asked our resident kernel expert about

> Dusty you should know this process by now!

Again, thanks for assuming I'm not following the process on purpose or being dumb
for not knowing the proper place to go. It makes me feel good to know there's so
much support for people who are looking to learn how to contribute and be part of
this community.
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