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SubjectRe: New make config options

>Ok, I may not know what I'm talking about, or it may not actually be a good
>idea, but I had an ipifany about the configure scripts.
> I spend most of my time in the configure script turning
> everything into a
>module. (I play alot, and I like to have modules available to explore). There
>should a button or something where it will turn everything that CAN be
>compiled as a module, into kernel modules. Then you can de-select a few
>things and compile the other few options that you need directly into the
>It would save me alot of time knowing that all those stupid NIC cards are
>being compiled as modules when i'm not sure which one I have. I would rather
>have all the modules available in case NIC breaks anyways. I change NICS
>and i'm never sure what kind it is until it doesn't work and I need to
>compile ANOTHER module. I know some of them are obscure cards, but with all
>the options I can't really be sure if it's a card I might come across or not.
>I'd rather be safe and have a meg or two of NIC modules around then have to
>rebuild or compile a new modules when I find an exotic card.
> Modules aren't used used until they're needed anyways so It
> wouldn't cause
>conflicts or a big size differnece in the kernel (in my understanding). For
>us with fast machines(AMD XP1800+) it would just be an extra 5-7 minutes for
>the other modules to compile.
>Would anyone else be interested in this?

I would be heavily interested in this. Right now I have a hacked-together
Debian box running my server and servers for others, and I'm trying to do a
full system reconstruction on the side to swap out once (and hopefully only
once). One key to this is to make an absolute minimal kernel and to have
everything as modules, because even if I don't have the module I need, I
can compile it and use it without having to restart the machine. Being able
to have an automatic option which lets me 1) specify minimal options and
have everything else as "no", then 2) takes every "no" which can be a
module, and turns it to module, and 3) lets me go back in and turn off any
particular modules I definately don't want, would be *marvelous*.

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