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Re: building a custom kernel-WAS: Re: USB disk shows up late at boot

On Fri, 25 Dec 2009 05:07:55 -0500
Paul Cartwright <ale@pcartwright.com> wrote:

> On Thu December 24 2009, Celejar wrote:
> > > relating to doing so.  When compiling one's first custom kernel one
> > > should start with _ONLY_ the functionality one needs.  Then build things
> > > up from there as you need more abilities from you kernel. ;)
> >
> > But I'd add that it's very easy to disable something that you don't
> > realize you need, so be very careful about what you disable.  The
> > quality and penetrability of the kernel docs really varies widely ...
> this is the "learning" part.. knowing what you need, what you MIGHT need, and 
> what you don't have to have to make it work..

Absolutely.  I'm just warning you to be prepared for a lot of very
frustrating "why can't the kernel find my root filesystem?" and "why
has this piece of HW / SW suddenly stopped working".

One thing I'd recommend, although I've never really done this myself,
is keeping some sort of journal where you record changes you make and
their results.

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