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gconfig for Linux version 4.18.7
gconfig for Linux version 4.18.7
Written inC
    Operating systemGNU/Linux
    Typebuild automation tool
    LicenseGNU General Public License

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    make gconfig is one of five similar tools that can configure Linux source, a necessary early step needed to compile the source code. make gconfig, with graphical user interface using GTK+, allows the user to use computer mouse to choose the features of Linux (and other options) that will be compiled. It is normally invoked using the command make gconfig, gconfig is a target in Linux Makefile.


    make menuconfig was not in the first version of Linux. The predecessor tool is a question-and-answer-based utility (make config, make oldconfig). A third tool for Linux configuration is make menuconfig, which uses a ncurses-based pseudo-graphical menu (only text input) to navigate through the menu to modify the desired options. The forth tool is make xconfig which also have the graphical menu as gconfig but requires Qt. There is also make nconfig, which is similar to make menuconfig.

    All these tools use internally Kconfig language. Kconfig is also used in other projects, such as bootloader Das U-Boot and tool for generating embedded Linux systems Buildroot.


    To use make gconfig, Linux source is a requirement, a make tool, a C compiler and the GTK+ 2.0 development package.

    To install it on Ubuntu, type:

    sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libglade2-dev

    gconfig in the kernel-build workflow[edit]

    The user is encouraged to read the GNU/Linux README, since there are also many other make targets (beyond modules_install and install). Each will configure the kernel, but with different features activated, or using a different interactive interface.

    simple (but effective) workflow[edit]

    1. make gconfig
    2. Next build the compressed kernel and its modules, a long process. make.
    3. Install using your favorite method such as make modules_install, make install.

    See also[edit]

    • GNU Compiler Collection


    External links[edit]

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