Re: [PATCH 8/8] kbuild, PCI: microchip: comment out MODULE_LICENSE in non-modules

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Hey Nick,

FYI $subject seems wrong, this is a PCI patch AFAICT.

On Fri, Feb 10, 2023 at 04:47:49PM +0000, Nick Alcock wrote:
> Since commit 8b41fc4454e ("kbuild: create modules.builtin without
> Makefile.modbuiltin or tristate.conf"), MODULE_LICENSE declarations
> are used to identify modules. As a consequence, uses of the macro
> in non-modules will cause modprobe to misidentify their containing
> object file as a module when it is not (false positives), and modprobe
> might succeed rather than failing with a suitable error message.
> So comment out all uses of MODULE_LICENSE that are not in real modules

This patch should not been needed, there's an existing patch to make
this a module:

> (the license declaration is left in as documentation).

I don't really get this one though, why leave it there as
"documentation" when the file has an SPDX entry anyway?

> Signed-off-by: Nick Alcock <nick.alcock@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Suggested-by: Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Luis Chamberlain <mcgrof@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: linux-modules@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: linux-pci@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: linux-riscv@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

One for the future:
How about also CCing those listed in MAINTAINERS for the file you're


> ---
>  drivers/pci/controller/pcie-microchip-host.c | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/pci/controller/pcie-microchip-host.c b/drivers/pci/controller/pcie-microchip-host.c
> index 0ebf7015e9af..08c0b778ce67 100644
> --- a/drivers/pci/controller/pcie-microchip-host.c
> +++ b/drivers/pci/controller/pcie-microchip-host.c
> @@ -1135,6 +1135,6 @@ static struct platform_driver mc_pcie_driver = {
>  };
>  builtin_platform_driver(mc_pcie_driver);
>  MODULE_DESCRIPTION("Microchip PCIe host controller driver");
>  MODULE_AUTHOR("Daire McNamara <daire.mcnamara@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>");
> -- 

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