scsi/atari_scsi: Don't select CONFIG_NVRAM

This change “scsi/atari_scsi: Don’t select CONFIG_NVRAM” in Linux kernel is authored by Finn Thain <fthain [at]> on Tue Jan 15 15:18:56 2019 +1100.

scsi/atari_scsi: Don't select CONFIG_NVRAM

On powerpc, setting CONFIG_NVRAM=n builds a kernel with no NVRAM support.
Setting CONFIG_NVRAM=m enables the /dev/nvram misc device module without
enabling NVRAM support in drivers. Setting CONFIG_NVRAM=y enables the
misc device (built-in) and also enables NVRAM support in drivers.

m68k shares the valkyriefb driver with powerpc, and since that driver uses
NVRAM, it is affected by CONFIG_ATARI_SCSI, because of the use of
"select NVRAM". We can avoid the "select" here, but drivers still have
to interpret the CONFIG_NVRAM symbol consistently regardless of platform.

In this patch and the subsequent fbdev driver patch, the convention is
adopted across all relevant platforms whereby NVRAM functionality gets
enabled in a given device driver when the nvram misc device is built-in
or when both drivers are modules.

Acked-by: Michael Schmitz <>
Signed-off-by: Finn Thain <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

This Linux change may have been applied to various maintained Linux releases and you can find Linux releases including commit 83d2aed.

There are 13 lines of Linux source code added/deleted in this change. Code changes to Linux kernel are as follows.

 drivers/char/Kconfig      | 5 +----
 drivers/scsi/Kconfig      | 6 +++---
 drivers/scsi/atari_scsi.c | 2 +-
 3 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/char/Kconfig b/drivers/char/Kconfig
index 2e2ffe7..a8cac68 100644
--- a/drivers/char/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/char/Kconfig
@@ -244,7 +244,7 @@ source "drivers/char/hw_random/Kconfig"
 config NVRAM
 	tristate "/dev/nvram support"
-	depends on ATARI || X86 || GENERIC_NVRAM
+	depends on X86 || GENERIC_NVRAM
 	  If you say Y here and create a character special file /dev/nvram
 	  with major number 10 and minor number 144 using mknod ("man mknod"),
@@ -262,9 +262,6 @@ config NVRAM
 	  should NEVER idly tamper with it. See Ralf Brown's interrupt list
 	  for a guide to the use of CMOS bytes by your BIOS.
-	  On Atari machines, /dev/nvram is always configured and does not need
-	  to be selected.
 	  To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the
 	  module will be called nvram.
diff --git a/drivers/scsi/Kconfig b/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
index f38882f..8f9d9e9 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
+++ b/drivers/scsi/Kconfig
@@ -1369,14 +1369,14 @@ config ATARI_SCSI
 	tristate "Atari native SCSI support"
 	depends on ATARI && SCSI
-	select NVRAM
 	  If you have an Atari with built-in NCR5380 SCSI controller (TT,
 	  Falcon, ...) say Y to get it supported. Of course also, if you have
 	  a compatible SCSI controller (e.g. for Medusa).
-	  To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the
-	  module will be called atari_scsi.
+	  To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will
+	  be called atari_scsi. If you also enable NVRAM support, the SCSI
+	  host's ID is taken from the setting in TT RTC NVRAM.
 	  This driver supports both styles of NCR integration into the
 	  system: the TT style (separate DMA), and the Falcon style (via
diff --git a/drivers/scsi/atari_scsi.c b/drivers/scsi/atari_scsi.c
index a503dc5..78b4320 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/atari_scsi.c
+++ b/drivers/scsi/atari_scsi.c
@@ -757,7 +757,7 @@ static int __init atari_scsi_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
 	if (setup_hostid >= 0) {
 		atari_scsi_template.this_id = setup_hostid & 7;
-	} else {
 		/* Test if a host id is set in the NVRam */
 		if (ATARIHW_PRESENT(TT_CLK) && nvram_check_checksum()) {
 			unsigned char b = nvram_read_byte(16);

The commit for this change in Linux stable tree is 83d2aed (patch).

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