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Subject[PATCH 7/7] kbuild: doc: document subdir-y syntax
There is no explanation about subdir-y.

Let's document it.

Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>

Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.rst | 14 ++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.rst b/Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.rst
index 159e470f2616..6332b9ca7942 100644
--- a/Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.rst
+++ b/Documentation/kbuild/makefiles.rst
@@ -319,6 +319,20 @@ more details, with real examples.
that directory specifies obj-y, those objects will be left orphan.
It is very likely a bug of the Makefile or of dependencies in Kconfig.

+ Kbuild also supports dedicated syntax, subdir-y and subdir-m, for
+ descending into subdirectories. It is a good fit when you know they
+ do not contain kernel-space objects at all. A typical usage is to let
+ Kbuild descend into subdirectories to build tools.
+ Examples::
+ subdir-$(CONFIG_GCC_PLUGINS) += gcc-plugins
+ subdir-$(CONFIG_MODVERSIONS) += genksyms
+ subdir-$(CONFIG_SECURITY_SELINUX) += selinux
+ Unlike obj-y/m, subdir-y/m does not need the trailing slash since this
+ syntax is always used for directories.
It is good practice to use a `CONFIG_` variable when assigning directory
names. This allows kbuild to totally skip the directory if the
corresponding `CONFIG_` option is neither 'y' nor 'm'.
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