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Pinonoir
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: What to choose when configuring kernel? Reply with quote

I'm just having a problem wondering what options to enable in the kernel. Should I leave the defaults the way they are? Is there a way to list what option does what and what uses which module?
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What to choose when configuring kernel? Reply with quote

Pinonoir wrote:
I'm just having a problem wondering what options to enable in the kernel. Should I leave the defaults the way they are? Is there a way to list what option does what and what uses which module?

Pinonoir ... it entirely depends on what hardware you have, what features you want to have support for, etc.

A "?" key (in menuconfig) when over the item will provide its help/info though often this can be thin and/or difficult to understand if your not familiar with the kernel. Kernel seeds provides a fairly good (if incomplete) breakdown under kernel seeds settings, and you might also start by using a seed that matches, or is close to, your target/version (use the last current version). You can also search (using "/" in menuconfig) and find items listed in 'lspci' (sys-apps/pciutils), and 'lsusb' (sys-apps/usbutils) ... or boot with a livecd (like sysrescd or whatever install medium you used) which will provide useful information via 'lspci -k' as it will show the "Kernel driver in use: xxxxx".

As for modules, a good rule of thumb is to build everything required to boot and used regularly into the kernel, things that you may not use regularly (like vfat, or NFS) build as a module (though saying that I build wireless drivers, which I use often, as modules so they can be unloaded if need be).

HTH & best ... khay
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for kernel seeds. Follow the directions. http://kernel-seeds.grytpype-thynne.org/working.html
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