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authorRandy Dunlap <>2008-02-29 14:21:53 -0800
committerSam Ravnborg <>2009-01-02 20:43:25 +0100
commit2af238e455ef5fd31c2f7a06c2db3f13d843b9bf (patch)
tree9a1da45a4b81a03f25742a57843228362ca66fc5 /README
parent80a7d1d991e35b0370c0396f36f6a076869a6bac (diff)
kbuild: make *config usage docs
Create a kconfig user assistance guide, with a few tips and hints about using menuconfig, xconfig, and gconfig. Mostly contains user interface, environment variables, and search topics, along with mini.config/custom.config usage. Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <> Signed-off-by: Sam Ravnborg <>
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@@ -52,11 +52,11 @@ DOCUMENTATION:
- The Documentation/DocBook/ subdirectory contains several guides for
kernel developers and users. These guides can be rendered in a
- number of formats: PostScript (.ps), PDF, and HTML, among others.
- After installation, "make psdocs", "make pdfdocs", or "make htmldocs"
- will render the documentation in the requested format.
+ number of formats: PostScript (.ps), PDF, HTML, & man-pages, among others.
+ After installation, "make psdocs", "make pdfdocs", "make htmldocs",
+ or "make mandocs" will render the documentation in the requested format.
-INSTALLING the kernel:
+INSTALLING the kernel source:
- If you install the full sources, put the kernel tarball in a
directory where you have permissions (eg. your home directory) and
@@ -187,14 +187,9 @@ CONFIGURING the kernel:
"make randconfig" Create a ./.config file by setting symbol
values to random values.
- The allyesconfig/allmodconfig/allnoconfig/randconfig variants can
- also use the environment variable KCONFIG_ALLCONFIG to specify a
- filename that contains config options that the user requires to be
- set to a specific value. If KCONFIG_ALLCONFIG=filename is not used,
- "make *config" checks for a file named "all{yes/mod/no/random}.config"
- for symbol values that are to be forced. If this file is not found,
- it checks for a file named "all.config" to contain forced values.
+ You can find more information on using the Linux kernel config tools
+ in Documentation/kbuild/make-configs.txt.
NOTES on "make config":
- having unnecessary drivers will make the kernel bigger, and can
under some circumstances lead to problems: probing for a
@@ -231,6 +226,19 @@ COMPILING the kernel:
- If you configured any of the parts of the kernel as `modules', you
will also have to do "make modules_install".
+ - Verbose kernel compile/build output:
+ Normally the kernel build system runs in a fairly quiet mode (but not
+ totally silent). However, sometimes you or other kernel developers need
+ to see compile, link, or other commands exactly as they are executed.
+ For this, use "verbose" build mode. This is done by inserting
+ "V=1" in the "make" command. E.g.:
+ make V=1 all
+ To have the build system also tell the reason for the rebuild of each
+ target, use "V=2". The default is "V=0".
- Keep a backup kernel handy in case something goes wrong. This is
especially true for the development releases, since each new release
contains new code which has not been debugged. Make sure you keep a