Re: Making Custom Kernels
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> On Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:33:59 +0200
> Joe Hart <email@example.com> wrote:
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>> David Baron wrote:
>>> I compile my own to dispense with initrd and use realtime-lsm, also a version
>>> with the real-time preemptive patch or ovz and such.
>>> I am not making the kernel to be a universal package so I guess I really do
>>> not need all those modules, do I? I have already dispensed with OSS. I have a
>>> "normal" 10-T 8139 ethernet card. A few sound devices, and intel chipset with
>>> intel agpgart. I compile the proprietory nvidia driver. So.
>>> Can I simply get rid of all the decnet, ieee stuff, isdn and such? I compile
>>> in what yaird -test says I need and what I found necessary for correct alsa
>>> loading, ext3fs, etc.
>> If you are rolling your own kernel and not planning on sharing with
>> others, nor do you plan on changing the hardware in your machine, then
>> of course you can choose to get rid of the unnecessary things in your
>> kernel, nor do you need to make a module for things you're not likely to
>> ever have.
>> But, always a but, if you ever do get new hardware, it won't work until
>> you rebuild the kernel, and you can forget about updates for security or
>> better functionality (bug fixes).
> Well, if he builds from a debian source package, then he'll get updates
> to that package, at which point he'll be able to consider upgrading the
> source package and rebuilding the kernel.
True. Good point. Either way it is rebuilding though. Not a big
hassle if you already know how to do it. IMO, it becomes a bit tedious
after a while. I gave up and use stock kernels now. The minor benefits
I could achieve by rolling my own are negligible.
And since my version of Sid (Sidux) gets kernel updates every week or
so, it would be a frequent rebuild and IMO, not really worth it. It's
bad enough having to rebuild the kernel modules for the video and my VM
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