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Old 01-09-2004, 02:58 PM   #1
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Kernel config/compilation (serial ports, lirc, apm)

Hello everybody!
Her is yet another question about kernel compilation..

I just wonder if anyone could offer some tips & tricks on what config options you should use as a newbi on kernel recompiling (e.g file systems, ramdisk).

I recently recompiled my kernel (2.4.22) the manual way in debian 3. I first used the make-kpkg thing, but after a bunch of tries, it complained about my revision naming. I didnt know how to solv this, so I continued the "manual way".
I havent found any good guides on what basic things you should use when your recompiling yourself. it took numerous tries before I got the basic things to work (a lot of feats. are not included byt default).
So if anyone has a link or maybe manage to post som things you should think about ( and how modules.conf and such is updated) , I would appreciate it!!


By now, I have patched my kernel and I got the bootsplash thing to work (the progress bar dont work yet, havent found info on that yet.. ).
The nex thing I wanna try out is lirc. AFAIK it seemes quite tricky, and there isnt a very verbous guide on doing it. I have built my own reciever, My reciever works in windows and its in COM1, but dont know what to include or have comp. as modules.

wow, this was quite a post, hope y'all read and answer some of my questions!!



ps. I have searched, but its a bit hard to find..or just me who suck i googling...
Old 02-06-2004, 03:54 PM   #2
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Wow, you posted this almost a month ago! I don't know how much of this you've figured out so far, but here it goes. I have no idea about part 2 of your post, but I'd suggest, if you still have the problem, post this in the Linux-Hardware forum here - that forum gets a lot more activity that Distros-Debian, as you can see :-) .

For part 1, here is a link on kernel compiling in Debian: . In terms of what to select in the kernel config, when I was a newbie, I just spent about 3 hours and read through everything and the helps on every item and just figured out what I wanted. I don't know of any place that recommends stuff. My advice would be just when in doubt, select 'module' for it. If you're using kernel 2.6 (I'd recommend that), it will autoload any modules it needs. If you're using a 2.4 kernel, then apt-get hotplug - that will autoinsert modules for usb, pci, and other accessory hardware.
Old 02-07-2004, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks. :)

yeah, it was a while since I posted this, I thought it never would be answered.. I think I will try a more general forum next time

..btw I havent got the lirc thingy going yet, but I hav added support for nvidia and som other stuff.. and I'm still at that old kernel.. I'm considering trying 2.6.x soon..when I have time and so on.. and thanks again for bothering answer this post, since noone else hav..


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