So I have a KVM machine, where I run an Ubuntu 12.04 (server edition).
I want to compile a minimalistic kernel for the KVM guest, but I only found the howto for hosts, and guests with paravirtualization.

I want to compile a kernel for a guest. Nothing more. With only the things it needs.

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    First - why do you not want to use the PV drivers? That should make things easier. Second: Why do you want to do this? Are you simulating an ebedded system?
    – Nils
    Jul 20, 2012 at 20:06
  • I don't need them. Minimalistic: Throw out everything you don't need. It's not a simulation, a real KVM server.
    – Apache
    Jul 21, 2012 at 19:29

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If you don't care about paravirtualization, then compiling a minimalistic kernel for a KVM guest is the same as compiling a minimalistic kernel for hardware. There is lots of documentation available on the latter topic:


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