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Old 05-31-2004, 09:49 AM   #1
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Installing older kernel source


Just installed Mandrake 10.0 Community again, and I need to mess around with the kernel to get my USB modem going (tried a bunch of other stuff without the kernel messing but it didn't work, so thought I'd try the kernel thing ). I installed the source during the install. The problem is that mdk installed the 2.6.3 source and I am using the 2.4.25 kernel (I got an "error" during install saying that the compatibility of LSB with the 2.6 kernel was a bit iffy so mdk was going to install the 2.4 kernel). So I downloaded the 2.4.25-2mdk source (since it wasn't on the CD), but now when I try to install it via
rpm -i kernel-source-...
I get a "a newer package is already installed" so I cannot install the source for the kernel I am using...

How do I go about this? Delete the "linux link" in /usr/src and then rpm the source and add a new link? Do I just uninstall the 2.6 source? Do I just ignore the fact that 2.4.25 is running good and I compile the 2.6 kernel for my USB modem? Or do I do something else?

Thanks for reading and any suggestions you might have!
Old 05-31-2004, 10:22 AM   #2
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Well linux IS ALL about choice when I'm
testing kernels, I don't install the kernel by using the
package tool.........I just untar the source code and
manually move the directories to where they belong......
IE---------kernel directory goes to /usr/src/
and change the symlink to point to the different $version
the same goes for the modules directory........
move it to /lib/modules/<version>
and inside the /modules/<version> is symlink called $BUILD which
points to the kernel<version>

just do everything manually and don't use mandrake's package
install tool...........
Old 05-31-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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OK, that's sound advice.
But what do you do when all you can find is the rpm file?
Is there a way to convert it to tar.gz?
Or do I just use the 2.4.25 kernel instead of the 2.4.25-2mdk? Are these things that the mandrake people have put in really important?
So many questions and so little knowledge from my part.....


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