[lfs-support] 8.1-systemd Ch. 8.3 Linux-4.12.7: Error during make?

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Wed Sep 20 10:33:23 PDT 2017

On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:40:49AM -0600, Hans Malissa wrote:
> Hi,
> ‘make defconfig’ did a very good job, thanks for the advice. My idea of using .config of the host distribution was completely wrong. LFS is up and running now, and booting is much faster than with my host distribution.
> I still wonder where the error message came from - I was assuming that the kernel should compile in either case after using the standard configuration tools.

If you started with a distro, they may have turned on defines for
drivers which do not exist on real x86 hardware, but where kernel
developers want the extra build coverage.  What built for a distro
in some previous kernel version, perhaps with additional patches
they are carrying, is not guaranteed to build with a different

> Regarding the (working) configuration that is a result of ‘make defconfig’ and customization with ‘make menuconfig’, I have two questions:
> - How do I know if one or more modules/configuration settings are missing (even though the kernel runs)?

You will find out if you ever need to do something and the kernel
doesn't support it.  For things covered in BLFS, look at the Kernel
Configuration part of the longindex.html (it's near the bottom)
http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/systemd/longindex.html for
systemd svn.

Also look at About Firmware in BLFS chapter 3.

> - How can I tell whether there are extra modules or options turned on that are not really used in my system?

For built-in options, trial and error (turn things off in
menuconfig, change the EXTRAVERSION in the Makefile, recompile, see
if it boots and still does what you need).

After a while, the benefits of doing that are probably not worth the
time.  My recent vmlinuz files on the intel machine where I'm writing
this reply are 6.6 MB for 4.13.1 and 6.5 MB for 4.12.8, on an old AMD
phenom - despite building in firmware - 5.8 to 5.9 MB, on a less-old
AMD Kaveri 6.7 MB - that one has bigger firmare, and probably still
has MD options for testing mdadm when I'm editing.

For modules, make a list of which modules exist in /lib/modules for
the current kernel version, then compare it to lsmod.  Anything not
loaded is either something you might use occasionally (e.g.
filesystems, support for peripherals not presently connected) or a
candidate for removal.  If in doubt (e.g. crypto modules), err on
the side of caution.

You might need extra selections beyond what is enough to boot LFS by
the time you get to a fully-built system.

> Thanks a lot,
> Hans
> > On Sep 19, 2017, at 9:08 AM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Hans Malissa wrote:

And please don't top post on LFS lists. Snipping here.

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