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Posted on 10-19-2004 08:03 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: andy tompkins

I'm looking into compiling my own kernel, because of advice I have stating
that in the case of a PCMCIA WLAN card I have, it seems to be better to load
the PCMCIA driver than to build it into the kernel. (If that statement
doesn't make sense, please alert me...) Trouble is, I don't know how to tell
which drivers or modules are built in to the kernel I'm using (RH9 2.4.20-6).
I know the lsmod command lists loaded drivers, but does it also list driver
modules built into the kernel itself? If not, how does one list these?

Also, when building the kernel, and setting everything up via make config or
make xconfig, for most things there are three choices, y, m, and n. Now, if I
pick 'y', does that mean the kernel will incorporate that component right into
itself? If I pick 'm', does that mean the make will produce a loadable module
of corresponding name that I can choose to load myself?

Any help appreciated, believe me!

Sincerely,
Andy Tompkins

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