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el muchacho
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:07 pm    Post subject: genkernel vs menuconfig vs oldconfig vs localmodconfig Reply with quote

Hi,

the Official handbook offers two ways of configuring the kernel:

Manual configuration using make menuconfig.

Using genkernel

I find both unsatisfactory so i'd like to talk about a few alternatives way.

Manual confiuration is to risky for me and I cannot get the right settings in one go, then retrying is too time consuming.

Using genkernel is not good either because we cannot pause and exit in order to check something (say you want to run lspci back on the command line)... genkernel will carry on and compile the kernel right away.

How about using
Code:
make oldmenuconfig
with the .conf file generated by the LiveCD ?

I've also come across something that seems really nice, which automatically detects your hardware configuration to build a tailoerd kernel:

Code:
make localmodconfig


Any feedback on those various methods ?
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frostschutz
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The localmodconfig (or, if you don't like modules, localyesconfig) is a starting point if you want a custom config that has chances of working.

Of course for a minimal custom config you'd start with allno anyway.

However most people just go with standard kernel nowadays.

It's up to you, there is no best method.
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