Hi Robert,

I fully support your argument here: Requiring lots of hacks in various languages
to build a system core sucks. But now sth. more productive:

On Friday 02 January 2009, Rob Landley wrote:
> diff -r d0c7611dcfd6 kernel/Makefile
> --- a/kernel/Makefile Tue Dec 30 17:48:25 2008 -0800
> +++ b/kernel/Makefile Fri Jan 02 00:10:44 2009 -0600
> @@ -115,7 +115,7 @@
>  $(obj)/time.o: $(obj)/timeconst.h
>  
>  quiet_cmd_timeconst  = TIMEC   $@
> -      cmd_timeconst  = $(PERL) $< $(CONFIG_HZ) > $@
> +      cmd_timeconst  = $(CONFIG_SHELL) $< $(CONFIG_HZ) > $@
>  targets += timeconst.h
> -$(obj)/timeconst.h: $(src)/timeconst.pl FORCE
> +$(obj)/timeconst.h: $(src)/timeconst.sh FORCE
>       $(call if_changed,timeconst)
> --- /dev/null 1969-12-31 00:00:00.000000000 -0600
> +++ hg/kernel/timeconst.sh    2009-01-01 23:53:17.000000000 -0600
> @@ -0,0 +1,91 @@
> +#!/bin/bash
> +
> +if [ $# -ne 1 ]
> +then
> +     echo "Usage: timeconst.sh HZ"
> +     exit 1
> +fi
> +
> +HZ=$1
> +
> +# Sanity test: even the shell in Red Hat 9 (circa 2003) supported 64 bit 
> math.
> +
> +[ $((1<<32)) -lt 0 ] && exit 1
> +
> +# Output start of header file
> +
> +cat << EOF
> +/* Automatically generated by kernel/timeconst.sh */
> +/* Conversion constants for HZ == $HZ */
> +
> +#ifndef KERNEL_TIMECONST_H
> +#define KERNEL_TIMECONST_H
> +
> +#include <linux/param.h>
> +#include <linux/types.h>
> +
> +#if HZ != $HZ
> +#error "kernel/timeconst.h has the wrong HZ value!"
> +#endif
> +
> +EOF
> +
> +# For both Miliseconds and Microseconds
> +
> +for i in "MSEC 1000" "USEC 1000000"
> +do
> +     NAME=$(echo $i | awk '{print $1}')

cut -d' ' -f1  does the same

> +     PERIOD=$(echo $i | awk '{print $2}')

cut -d' ' -f2  does the same


Best Regards

Ingo Oeser
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