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Old 06-13-2009, 02:08 PM   #1
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How to set up a development kernel?


Hello

Sorry -- this is basic but I can't find documentation/instructions.

I want to do some development module kernel testing. There's plenty of info on how to build a kernel and how to use grub to choose between different kernels but what if they are the same version, in this case 2.6.24?

I want to build and test an experimental 2.6.24 (for ubuntu 8.04.2) without affecting the existing production setup. It's for hardware work so it can't be done in a virtual machine.

How do you keep the necessary experimental 2.6.24 files, including headers etc., separate from from the production versions?

Where is the documentation/instructions?

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Old 06-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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Compile a kernel, call it whatever you want; on the grub menu, those are the actual kernel names.

Why would you develop for 2.6.24? The latest is 2.6.30, and new versions come out every 3months; do the maths, your code will be very much out of date.
 
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Thanks for the reply James

A good question/point about working with an old kernel. I'm not developing, only testing for EDAC and they (who know a lot more than I do) seemed happy about the idea despite the need for a back port.

For myself, I'm deliberately running a long term support (LTS) version of ubuntu, preferring stability over cutting edge, so I want to minimise differences from "vanilla" ubuntu 8.04.

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