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Building Your Own Linux Kernel, part 2

Oct 08, 2009, 16:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Akkana Peck)

"Four ways to configure
From the kernel source directory, there are four ways to configure depending on what sort of user interface you want: make config (command-line), make menuconfig (terminal-based menus, Figure 1), make xconfig (Qt, Figure 2), and make gconfig (GTK, Figure 3).

"I recommend menuconfig. Plain config makes you step through all the kernel options (there are thousands!) one by one, while xconfig and gconfig require lots of development headers for Qt or GTK/Glade.

"In menuconfig, use the up and down arrow keys to move between options. On a category (anything with "---->"), the "buttons" at the bottom control what happens when you Enter: Select descends into the category, Exit goes back up a level, and Help displays help. The right and left arrow keys move between buttons. You can also type ? to view help."

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