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SubjectRe: regd kernel compilation
The number of hardware ettings is just too many,and so I  fear
I may go somewhere wrong. so I want it the automatic way only.

1. Is this approach been discussed earlier too ? How easy/tough is it
to do it ? how good/bad is it ?

2. How is hardware detected ? Which part of the kernel source should
I look at ?

Again, please cc me the responses.



On Tue, Nov 06, 2001 at 10:25:43AM -0700, Tyler BIRD wrote:
> Do you mean hardware detection during kernel compilation?
> the /proc filesystem lists devices that are currently present on your system
> int /proc/devices I think. But for the most part I just know what kind of hardware
> I have and configure the kernel appropriately. In the config scripts you can leave
> off any modules that aren't needed. Compile them as a module or compile them into the
> kernel image.
>
> do a make menuconfig, or if you have X make xconfig
> and enable/disable all of your hardware.
>
> Tyler
>
>
> >>> Step 1 B <step1b@cyberspace.org> 11/06/01 10:17AM >>>
>
> Hi
> During the processing of compiling the kernel and getting it running, I
> observed that my kernel not only contains software for my current hardware
> configuration, but also for other hardware as well.(both in the kernel and
> as modules). and during bootup, the kernel identifies the hardware and
> either uses the concened part in the kernel, or loads the concerned
> module. Cant this be done during compilation(ie., kernel building) itself
> so that I get a smaller kernel and a smaller set of modules on my disk ?
> Or is just that the current kernel compilation framework does not support
> this ?
>
> Note that I do not know what hardware I have, so I want the
> compilation scripts to identify the hardware and make the correct and minimal config.
>
>
>
> I am not on this mailing list, so please
> cc me any responses.
>
> thanks
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