Organization of the material
There are three major parts to this book. The first part is composed of
Chapters 1 through 6, which cover everything you need to know about
retrieving, building, installing, and upgrading the Linux kernel, in
more or less step-by-step fashion.
The second part consists of Chapters 7 and 8, which describe how to properly
configure the kernel based on the hardware present in the system, and
provides a number of different "recipes" for common configurations.
The final part consists of Chapters 9 through 11. These chapters provide
a reference to the different kernel command line options, the kernel build
options, and a select few of the different kernel configuration options.
Chapter 1, Introduction, explains when and why
you would want to build the kernel.
Chapter 2, Requirements For Building and Using the
Kernel, covers the different programs and tools that are needed
in order to properly build the kernel. It also covers a number of
different programs that are tied very closely to the kernel, how to
determine the needed version of the programs, and where to find them.
Chapter 3, Retrieving the kernel source discusses how
the different Linux kernel versions relate to each other, where to retrieve
the Linux kernel source code from, and how to download it properly.
Chapter 4, Configuring and Building explains how to
configure and properly build the Linux kernel.
Chapter 5, Installing and Booting from a Kernel shows
how to install the kernel that has been built properly, and then boot into
that kernel version.
Chapter 6, Upgrading a Kernel explains how to upgrade a
kernel that was previously built to a newer version without having to start
over from nothing.
Chapter 7, Customizing a Kernel discusses how to
customize the kernel for the hardware that is present on the system. It
goes over a variety of different ways to determine what options should be
selected and provides some simple scripts to help with the task.
Chapter 8, Kernel Configuration Recipes explains how to
configure the kernel for a variety of common situations.
Chapter 9, Kernel boot command-line parameter reference
details all of the different command-line options that can be passed to the
kernel, and what the different options do.
Chapter 10, Kernel build command line reference
describes the different command line options that are available when
building the kernel and how to use them.
Chapter 11, Kernel Configuration Option Reference
focuses on a few of the more popular and important Linux kernel
Appendix A, Helpful Utilities introduces a number of
very good and handy tools that everyone who wishes to track the latest
Linux kernel version should use.