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well, officially, the 'Makefile' file in the directory you're in doesn't have listed in it a makeconfig procedure, but you're in /, and you shouldn't put any files there ever, so there should even be abmake file...
kernel makefiles are the only ind i know of that use menuconfig, so i'm guessing you're trying to recompile the kernel... and if you are, i'd hate to say it, but erm... you don't really seem to know enough about it to do that.
if you do want to do that then you must change to the directory your kernel source cod is in e.g. /usr/src/linux
and try it there. ofcourse, read teh Kernel HOWTO first...
I got the impression that I probably don't NEED to recompile the kernel per se but thought it might be a good learning experience all the same. I've got nothing to lose - even if I damaged the kernel beyond the point of no return I could rebuild the machine (including the changes I've made to the standard install) in under a couple of hours.
I'll have a look at the Kernel Howto. BTW the /usr/src/linux directory doesn't exist on my machine - in fact there is nothing in /usr/src.
you can't compile the kernel unless you've got the kernel source installed!!! you can see that no?
when you install programs from source, you should always uncompress the data to /usr/src for reference, and ease to uninstall programs etc... the linux kernel source should also go there, install the rpm from your distro and the source will go there.
But erm.... treading on egg shells... i think you generally need more experience of linux in general before you try compiling the kernel