The hypervisor provides a kconfig-like way for manipulating compile-time configurations. Basically the hypervisor defines a set of configuration symbols and declare their default value. A configuration file is created, containing the values of each symbol, before building the sources.
Similar to Linux kconfig, there are three files involved:
- .config This files stores the values of all configuration symbols.
- config.mk This file is a conversion of .config in Makefile syntax, and can be included in makefiles so that the build process can rely on the configurations.
- config.h This file is a conversion of .config in C syntax, and is automatically included in every source file so that the values of the configuration symbols are available in the sources.
Figure 166 shows the workflow of building the hypervisor:
- Three targets are introduced for manipulating the configurations.
- defconfig creates a .config based on a predefined configuration file.
- oldconfig updates an existing .config after creating one if it does not exist.
- menuconfig presents a terminal UI to navigate and modify the configurations in an interactive manner.
- The target oldconfig is also used to create a .config if a .config file does not exist when building the source directly.
- The other two files for makefiles and C sources are regenerated after .config changes.
Refer to Configuration Symbol Reference for a complete list of configuration symbols.