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SubjectRe: How to check the kernel compile options ?
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On February 7, 2002 05:13 am, Mike Touloumtzis wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 06, 2002 at 10:15:49AM +0100, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > On February 5, 2002 11:13 pm, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > > Alex Bligh - linux-kernel wrote:
> > >
> > > > I would be surprised if there is anyone on this list
> > > > who has not lost at some point either the .config, the
> > > > kysms, or something similar associated with at least
> > > > one build they've made.
> > >
> > > Sure. And people have lost their root filesystems due to "rm -rf /".
> > > That doesn't mean we build the entire (real) root filesystem into the
> > > kernel.
> >
> > Well, it seems to be down to you and Arjan aguing that this usability
> > improvement isn't needed, vs quite a few *users* who are complaining about
> > the current state of things, as well they should because it's less good
than
> > it could be.
>
> Numeric participation on lkml discussions is not an indication of much.
> If lkml accurately reflected the state of Linux and its userbase, Linux
> would be the most crash-prone, bug-ridden, chaotic environment ever :-).
>
> There's probably a lot of people (like me) who use distribution tools like
> Debian's kernel-package to build and manage kernel packages. If you're
> used to using the right packaging tools, it looks kind of silly to stuff
> text files into the kernel in case they're deleted, instead of doing:
>
> $ dpkg -x kernel-image-2.4.17_1.00.Custom_i386.deb ~/tmp/
> $ cat ~/tmp/boot/config-2.4.17
>
> The kernel is just a program, and this is a tools problem. You don't
> see people arguing that cat's documentation should be moved into /bin/cat
> in case administrators misplace "cat.1.gz".

Cat is standard, kernels aren't. When was the last time you installed a
custom cat?

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Daniel
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