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Old 12-29-2003, 09:11 PM   #1
metsdada
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Kernel Source Installed? How to tell?


I've been fumbling around trying to get my wireless USB adapter to work.

As a Newbie.... this is not fun!

It's the basic things that I do not know.... I'm told "you'll need to get your kernel source code installed".... Well, I have no idea if I do - or don't ....have it installed.....

Can we maybe start with the above question? If I get that answered, maybe I can figure out the rest myself.... If not, I'll be back.

Oh, I'm using SUSE 8.1. My adapter is a USB Netgear MA101.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-29-2003, 09:27 PM   #2
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Well, by default, SuSE 8.2 doesn't install the kernel source, so I imagine that 8.1 is probably the same. You'll need to open up Yast and do a search for "kernel". I believe the kernel source is marked as something like kernel-source. Use Yast to install it onto your hard drive. Yast will also indicate whether the kernel-source has already been installed as well.
 
Old 12-30-2003, 08:21 AM   #3
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what entries do you have in /usr/src that's where it will be kept
 
Old 01-01-2004, 01:07 PM   #4
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In answer to the first reply - searching Yast for 'kernel' brought up a number of selections. I have an Athlon processor, so it it using that kernel (i guess). There is nothng else to choose. Also, there is no mention of 'kernel-source'

To answer the second response - i looked in /usr/src

- under this directory is a directory 'packages'

- under that are 5 directories - all blank. The names are : build, rpms, sources, specs, srpms

So, I'm back to ... just how to I tell if I have the kernel source loaded? and, if i do not, then how do i do it?

Please keep the suggestions coming.

I finally am using my windows PC to do the forum while I play on the Linux machine....
 
Old 01-01-2004, 04:37 PM   #5
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Doesn't sound like you have. It would probably be in /usr/src/linux if it was.
 
Old 01-01-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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No, it wouldn't be in /usr/src/linux. It would be in /usr/src/kernel-version and a symlink "may" exist that's called /usr/src/linux that POINTS to /usr/src/kernel-version.

Use Yast to install the kernel-version or kernel-headers applicable to your currently running kernel. How do you test that? Easy:

uname -r
 
Old 01-01-2004, 07:08 PM   #7
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ok, I did the uname -r.. it came back:

2.4.19-4GB

does that mean the kernel souce is installed?
 
Old 01-02-2004, 02:36 AM   #8
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no
i don't think your source is installed

i just went thru this same thing
 
Old 01-02-2004, 04:46 AM   #9
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no, uname-r just tells you what kernel you are running, if you want to keep that kernel and just compile more support in for usb you will have to get the kernel-source for that kernel. I'm trying to do the same thing but am just a little bit further along than you (and using debian) so this is a bit of a case of the blind using the blind . You can download the kernel source for 2.4.19 from www.kernel.org if you can't get it with yast, save it to /usr/src, unpack it, and then come back here for the next step.

I'm not sure what the usb support is like in 2.4.19, I'm trying for 2.4.22 myself.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 05:46 AM   #10
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Don't download the source from kernel.org. You are using a SuSE kernel, and want their kernel-source or kernel-headers package. Use YAST and search for it.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 07:12 AM   #11
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I bow to llamakc's greater knowledge, you should be able to get it with Yast my Suse friends tell me and it will appear in /usr/src as kernel-source-2.4.19 once installed
 
Old 01-02-2004, 08:13 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info.

I haven't had any luck with the search and Yast....

In the meantime, I am downloading Slackware... maybe a little better with that. BTW, I installed Mandrake and it hung on boot...

oops.. Suse is gone - hung Mandrake is loded now..... now I have to reinstall Suse if I want to try ONCE AGAIN to get the kernel source!

As Slack is downloading, I'll do some Linux Reading!
 
Old 01-02-2004, 09:14 AM   #13
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Angry

This is amazing.... and quite frustrating!

I have figured out that there is a thing called the 'kernel-source' that everyone tells me I need to install come drivers.........

....... but I can not believe that I can not FIND the GD 'kernel-source'.

I tried the Suse site.... I looked on Google..... I looked in books.....

I did find some kernel stuff, but I have to tell you, it was a list of a lot of directories that I did not knwo what to do with. When I see the kernel-source, I will not know what it looks like, or what I should do..... i am a real newbie!!!!!

This Linux S&&^*% is quite ridiculous.

Please.... i need my hand held through this....

It's tought to switch from windoz when I have to deal with this alternative.

I'm still hanging in there, for now.
 
Old 01-02-2004, 01:31 PM   #14
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Ok.

This thread is dead. I'm off to start a new Linux thrill. I seem to have gotten out of this problem(don't know how) , now I have new ones.

Thanks to all.
 
  


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