canīt apply kernel-patch 2.6.31-rc7
My Debian runs on Kernel 220.127.116.11 and I want to update to 2.6.31-rc7. The reason therefore is that Iīm working on a ASUS Eee-Pc 1005HA and the ethernet device will only work with the 2.6.31-rc5 kernel and following (if you are interested: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/Model/1005HA).
I followed the instrustions from http://kernelnewbies.org/FAQ/HowToApplyAPatch
This is the result:
I'm not completely certain what method you're following here, trying to go from 18.104.22.168 to 2.6.31rc7 however here's some general information that may help:
1) You generally need to patch in sequence, from one kernel release to the next, until you get to the version you want. Assuming you have a stock kernel archive from kernel.org, this would go something like:
2.6.26 > 2.6.27
2.6.27 > 2.6.28
2.6.28 > 2.6.29
2.6.29 > 2.6.30
2.6.30 > 2.6.31rc7 # not sure how this patch would work..
Now, that said, is there any particular problem with simply downloading the 2.6.31rc7 kernel from kernel.org/testing or wherever it is? Why do you need to do this using patch?
Finally, let's say you have a kernel archive, and you want to patch it to a higher version. You would do:
1) unpack the kernel archive.
2) copy the patch file(s) into the root of the unpacked folder.
3) execute: patch -p1 -i patchfile # as many times as needed to go from start to finish version.
I hope this explains a little bit :) but if there's still an issue here, please clarify what it is exactly, and why you need to go this route. Thanks,
Well, that explains even more than a little bit;)
Because of the reasons mentioned above (ethernet chipset atl1c), I want to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.31.rc5 (or 6, 7).
I found two possibilities to do that: Either the "patching-method" (which I recognize as quite a laborious one, now understanding how it works, or to compile a new kernel, as described at http://kernelnewbies.org/FAQ/KernelCompilation. But this way surpasses my (at the moment very low) linux abilities.
So generally, which is the easiest way to upgrade the kernel. I download the the kernel I want from http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/ - and than?
Ok, maybe I should mention the problems I had with compiling kernel 22.214.171.124. I got as far as
Iīll try it again and post the error messages (or whatever they are) later on.
No matter which of the above methods you use, the kernel
*still* will need to be re/compiled after patching, or after downloading from kernel.org, and subsequently installed.
The exception to this, is IF you were to download a pre-built kernel, already compiled, packaged for your distro, via your package manager, but again, I doubt there'd be an rc-level kernel that fits this qualification, unless maybe you were/are running a VERY bleeding-edge distro.
If you download the rc7 kernel source you want, from kernel.org or wherever, put it into /usr/src/source/HERE and extract the archive, now you're ready to compile.
It's not as scary as it sounds; if you're determined, and want the device to work, this would be the way to go AFAICT. I can give you instructions on compiling it (which you can also find in 100000 other locations) but you may need to seek the advice of a Debian user to ensure proper installation after compiling it --- I use Slackware, so my installation instructions might differ somewhat, from what a Debian user would normally do.
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