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SubjectRe: How to check the kernel compile options ?
On February 13, 2002 03:19 pm, Horst von Brand wrote:
> Daniel Phillips <> said:
> > On February 12, 2002 05:38 pm, Bill Davidsen wrote:
> [...]
> > > No trick other than to read what I said in either of the previous posts...
> > > the question was not how to avoid having the useful feature, but how to
> > > put it somewhere to avoid increasing the kernel size. I suggested in the
> > > modules directory, either as a text file or as a module.
> > We are in violent agreement, I'm not sure where the misunderstanding came
> > from. Yes, the leading idea is to put it in a module. In fact a patch
> > exists, though it may have issues, it's been a while since I looked at
> > it.
> A module can get displaced as easily as a plain text file, and the wrong
> "configutarion module" version won't do any good in any case.

Not necessarily, check out the work on bootfs, I think this can be adapted to
suit the purpose. If the config is in a module then we'd normally want that
module to be one of the modules that is included in the boot image.

> Just teach /sbin/installkernel (or arch/i386/ to stash it away
> somewhere.

If that were satisfactory then there would be nobody posting to this thread.

> You'll need to fix arch/i386/Makefile to pass the name of
> .config to the script (note that it now takes 3 or 4 arguments, to get
> backwards compatibility when taking 3, 4 or 5 will be tricky, unless you
> play games with the name of the files passed into it to figure out where
> .config lives). Or call a new script if it is there and only give that one
> .config plus the standard stuff.

There is no good way to know where you have put those things. We're looking
for a tight coupling between the kernel image and metadata that describes
what's in it - like a label on an electronic component: stuck right on it,
not filed away in a filing cabinet.

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