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Re: Really small kernel

Thanks for all the answers, 

In essence i want to keep the kernel  small so that it boots up as fast
as possible.

Plus the hardware is a 75mhz laptop with very little ram, i want to save
as much ram as i can for other programs, hence the need for a small

As far as modules are concerned, i was under the impression that the
kernel + modules would be bigger (size wise) then having everything
together in one.

Do using (or not using) modules make a difference to the total size when
loaded into ram?

On Mon, 2004-11-08 at 16:21, Martin Theiß wrote:
> Hi ognjen Bezanov, *,
> ognjen Bezanov wrote:
> > Hi all, 
> > 
> > I want to find a way to find out what things i need to enable for my
> > laptop to function.
> > 
> > I want to compile a kernel which only has support for the hardware im
> > using and no module support
> > 
> Why no modules? Modules only have a slight overhead, when loading. After
> this they perform like built-in modules.
> > Is there any command which will let me view all the hardware on my pc
> > and what respective setting i need on my .config file?
> > 
> lshw is a good tool to find out, what is in your laptop. also you should
> consider using lspci. both together should give you a really good overview.
> the only problem is to "translate" these infos into a .config. i don't know
> of any tool which is capabale of doing this job.
> the best way to do, what you want is running the distclean target of the
> kernel and starting with the allnoconfig target. from this startingpoint you
> can enable the different settings via menuconfig or similar.
> > I want to make the kernel as small as possible
> > 
> Remember, size only matters at boot time (maybe 3-5% faster startup) or when
> you really don't have much ram available.
> Kind regards
> Martin

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