Linux Kernel

Kernel drivers for webcam

After you plug in your webcame, the output of the following command should not be empty.

# ls /dev/video*

sys-apps/usbutils provides lsusb.
See if your hardware is detected, e.g.:

# lsusb
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 046d:08d9 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam IM/Connect

For most USB webcame, make sure the following kernel options are enabled:

evice Drivers --->
Multimedia support --->
[*] Cameras/video grabbers support

Could not find a Makefile in the kernel source directory.

When emerging some (gentoo) packages, you might encounter the following error message:

* Could not find a Makefile in the kernel source directory.
* Please ensure that /usr/src/linux points to a complete set of Linux sources
* Unable to calculate Linux Kernel version for build, attempting to use running version

Kernel boot parameters

Official documentation

See: man bootparam.
For up-to-date information, see the kernel source file Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt (usually within /usr/src/linux/).

Getting started

Understanding your system

There are 3 types of boot parameters:
1) linux kernel parameters, e.g. log_buf_len=1M
2) module parameter, with the module name and the parameter separated by a dot, e.g. nvidia-drm.modeset=1


Regarding the various* files that you may see in your /boot/ directory, here is a post that very clearly explains what they are and why they may be useful, answering the following two questions:
What Is The Kernel Symbol Table?
What Is The File?

Simply delete the files corresponding to past kernels that you do not use anymore, keep the other ones.

Other resources:

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