Casey Bralla on 26 Sep 2010 09:36:26 -0700

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[PLUG] Solved: How to Compile Specific (ie: by name) Kernel Modules?

Solved:  By pressing the "/" key at the menuconfig menu, it opens a search 
window.  Then I simply type in the name of the kernel module, and all the 
references to it open up, including help files, menu selection hierarchy, and 

On Saturday 25 September 2010 8:20:14 pm Casey Bralla wrote:
> I'm building Gentoo on an old computer that has some goofy HP hardware
> configurations.   I want to be sure I've compiled all the needed kernel
> modules, so I loaded Sabayon Linux Live CD and recorded all the modules it
> loaded with lsmod.
> Now I want to compile my Gentoo kernel and use menuconfig to select all the
> needed Kernel modules.
> However, I have a problem: How can I find out (easily) which menuconfig
> settings generate specific kernel modules?
> For example, the kernel module "8139too" is created when you select the
> Realtek 8139 network adapter.  If you read the "help" for each item in
> menuconfig, it _usually_ tells you the name of the module it creates.
> However, I need to go the other way and find the menu selection that will
> create a specific module.
> Is there a master list of modules and what they are and how to set them?
> PS:  I know, I could use the wholesale "genkernel" approach, but that seems
> too clunky to me.  I would much rather select each module individually.
> TIA!


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