Kernel Configuration

make config

  • Plain text interface (most commonly used choice)

make menuconfig

  • Text-based with colored menus and radiolists. This options allows developers to save their progress. ncurses must be installed (sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev).

make nconfig

  • Text-based colored menus – curses (libcdk5-dev) must be installed

make xconfig

  • QT/X-windows interface – QT is required

make gconfig

  • Gtk/X-windows interface – GTK is required

make oldconfig

  • Plain text interface that defaults questions based on the local config file

make silentoldconfig

  • This is the same as oldconfig except the questions answered by the config file will not be shown

make olddefconfig

  • This is like silentoldconfig except some questions are answered by their defaults

make defconfig

  • This option creates a config file that uses default settings based on the current system’s architecture.

make ${PLATFORM}_defconfig

  • Creates a config file using values from arch/$ARCH/configs/${PLATFORM}_defconfig.

make allyesconfig

  • This option creates a config file that will answer yes to as many questions as possible.

make allmodconfig

  • This option creates a config file that will make as many parts of the kernel a module as possible

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