bool "Force a static link"
This option gives you the ability to force a static link of UML.
Normally, UML is linked as a shared binary. This is inconvenient for
use in a chroot jail. So, if you intend to run UML inside a chroot,
you probably want to say Y here.
Additionally, this option enables using higher memory spaces (up to
2.75G) for UML.
depends on STATIC_LINK
depends on !LD_SCRIPT_STATIC
tristate "Host filesystem"
While the User-Mode Linux port uses its own root file system for
booting and normal file access, this module lets the UML user
access files stored on the host. It does not require any
network connection between the Host and UML. An example use of
this might be:
mount none /tmp/fromhost -t hostfs -o /tmp/umlshare
where /tmp/fromhost is an empty directory inside UML and
/tmp/umlshare is a directory on the host with files the UML user
wishes to access.
For more information, see
If you'd like to be able to work with files stored on the host,
say Y or M here; otherwise say N.
tristate "HoneyPot ProcFS (EXPERIMENTAL)"
depends on EXPERIMENTAL && PROC_FS
hppfs (HoneyPot ProcFS) is a filesystem which allows UML /proc
entries to be overridden, removed, or fabricated from the host.
Its purpose is to allow a UML to appear to be a physical machine
by removing or changing anything in /proc which gives away the
identity of a UML.
See <http://user-mode-linux.sf.net/old/hppfs.html> for more information.
You only need this if you are setting up a UML honeypot. Otherwise,
it is safe to say 'N' here.
bool "Management console"
The user mode linux management console is a low-level interface to
the kernel, somewhat like the i386 SysRq interface. Since there is
a full-blown operating system running under every user mode linux
instance, there is much greater flexibility possible than with the
If you answer 'Y' to this option, to use this feature, you need the
mconsole client (called uml_mconsole) which is present in CVS in
2.4.5-9um and later (path /tools/mconsole), and is also in the
distribution RPM package in 2.4.6 and later.
It is safe to say 'Y' here.
bool "Magic SysRq key"
depends on MCONSOLE
If you say Y here, you will have some control over the system even
if the system crashes for example during kernel debugging (e.g., you
will be able to flush the buffer cache to disk, reboot the system
immediately or dump some status information). A key for each of the
possible requests is provided.
This is the feature normally accomplished by pressing a key
while holding SysRq (Alt+PrintScreen).
On UML, this is accomplished by sending a "sysrq" command with
mconsole, followed by the letter for the requested command.
The keys are documented in <file:Documentation/sysrq.txt>. Don't say Y
unless you really know what this hack does.
bool "Symmetric multi-processing support (EXPERIMENTAL)"
depends on BROKEN
This option enables UML SMP support.
It is NOT related to having a real SMP box. Not directly, at least.
UML implements virtual SMP by allowing as many processes to run
simultaneously on the host as there are virtual processors configured.
Obviously, if the host is a uniprocessor, those processes will
timeshare, but, inside UML, will appear to be running simultaneously.
If the host is a multiprocessor, then UML processes may run
simultaneously, depending on the host scheduler.
This, however, is supported only in TT mode. So, if you use the SKAS
patch on your host, switching to TT mode and enabling SMP usually
gives you worse performances.
Also, since the support for SMP has been under-developed, there could
be some bugs being exposed by enabling SMP.
If you don't know what to do, say N.
int "Maximum number of CPUs (2-32)"
range 2 32
depends on SMP
bool "Highmem support (EXPERIMENTAL)"
depends on !64BIT && BROKEN
This was used to allow UML to run with big amounts of memory.
Currently it is unstable, so if unsure say N.
To use big amounts of memory, it is recommended enable static
linking (i.e. CONFIG_STATIC_LINK) - this should allow the
guest to use up to 2.75G of memory.
int "Kernel stack size order"
default 1 if 64BIT
range 1 10 if 64BIT
default 0 if !64BIT
This option determines the size of UML kernel stacks. They will
be 1 << order pages. The default is OK unless you're running Valgrind
on UML, in which case, set this to 3.
tristate "iomem emulation driver"
This driver allows a host file to be used as emulated IO memory inside