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Re: USB disk shows up late at boot

On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 05:46:27 -0500
Paul Cartwright <ale@pcartwright.com> wrote:

> On Mon December 21 2009, Celejar wrote:
> > > Yes and no WRT flexibility.  Yes because you an choose exactly what does
> > > and does not go into your kernel.  No, because once it's built, if you
> > > want to add a new hardware device later, you might have to build a new
> > > kernel.  With the modular prebuilt kernels, you can plug in just about
> > > anything and it'll likely be recognized.  Then again, there's nothing
> > > keeping one from building his/her own kernel and including drivers in
> > > anticipation of future needs.  The downside to this is kernel bloat for
> > > hardware you're not using "right now".  I obviously agree that you have
> > > more control doing your own kernel.
> >
> > Agreed, and I get bitten by this all the time.  Worse, often I disable
> > some feature that I actually need, and then spend much time and
> > aggravation figuring out why something is suddenly broken ... Well, I
> > guess that's part of the valuable learning process that we discussed
> > earlier :/
> how do you know what to enable/disable? Do I need a full-list of all my 
> existing hardware in front of me? how do you know what the dependencies are?

Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to this one.  Read, read, read,
and learn from your mistakes (you *will* make them).  To be safe,
always err on the side of caution and enable anything not marked
'experimental' unless you're pretty sure that you don't need it or it
shouldn't be there.

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