apparent loss of continuity in kernel .config?

From: Gene Heskett
Date: Wed Dec 31 2014 - 09:17:09 EST


Usually, when I build a new kernel, just placing a copy of an older
versions .config in the unpacked src directory is sufficient that only
what has been changed has to be answered during a make oldconfig, perhaps
a couple dozen new features need to be answered yes or no, and I have a
.config that will usually build me a bootable kernel. Not any more.

Since my 3.16.0 has been suffering from stalls of up to 2 or 3 minutes
while both htop and gkrellm continue to report that there is nothing
hogging the machine, in a general description that matches the Dave Jone
saga, but w/o the log spew, probably because I don't have extreme
debugging enabled.

But its strange in how it manifests itself as it will do it from a fresh
boot, and I get aggravated and reboot, and it doesn't do it till the next
reboot which may be a month later. Almost an alternate boot phenomenon.

Attempting to go from 3.16.0 to 3.16.7 last night, a make oldconfig
started from scratch as if there were no .config's in the directory. I
stood on the enter key to take the defaults, then ran a make xconfig to
discover it was totally wrong for an AMD phenom, no networking, no disc
drivers, video was an old ATI, when there is an nvidia card in it, yadda,

I went thru this exercise 4 times, as I keep a gzipped copy on the config
that built the kernel version in the boot directory with my build script.
And every time it was the same story.

Obviously I can't, at 80 yo, remember every item in a 28k .config file
from build to build, so what am I doing wrong that is destroying this

Thanks everybody.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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