Using xconfig to Configure the Kernel

For simplicity's sake, during this brisk walk-through, we will assume that you are using make xconfig. Prior to this point, we also assume that you will have completed the first five steps in our kernel compilation checklist shown previously.

As you learned in the preceding section, you configure the kernel using make xconfig by making choices in several configuration subsection windows. Each subsection window contains specific kernel options. With hundreds of choices, the kernel is daunting to configure. We cannot really offer you detailed descriptions of which options to choose because your configuration will not match your own system and setup.

Table 35.1 provides a brief description of each subsection's options so that you can get an idea of what you might encounter. We recommend that you copy your kernel's .config file to /usr/src/linux-2.6 and run make xconfig from there. Explore all the options. As long as you do not save the file, absolutely nothing will be changed on your system.

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