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Thank you all again for your support. I've reinstalled Mandrake now, and have the sources installed as well (I believe). I will be getting home from work in about an hour, to spend another night to try and optimize this box, and the install.
Unfortunately, I can't satisfy the salivations of MandrakeSoft at the moment with nice chunk of change to get a version that may be optimized just yet. While that may be possible in the future, right now it just isn't.
I have Mandrake 9.2, fresh off of the heater. Does this ship with 2.6, or 2.4? If it doesn't ship with 2.6, I can get that readily, and recompile to use that without problems, correct?
Alright, now I have access to the server. I can download the new sources to Linux 2.6, and after doing so and uncompressing them, do I need to place them into a special directory, or follow any special guidelines, rules, etc.?
Also, is Mandrake 9.2 compatible with the 2.6 kernel? I assume I will be recompiling to use the 2.6 kernel, so any help would be more than welcome =)
that's about all the help i've got right now as i too have those to links open and reading them whilst in the middle of my first kernel compile.
if the compile goes ok i'll post back. if not, well, it's to the fixin and correctin. i'll check back either way, and, if everything goes well on your end, maybe i can help. (and maybe not?)
Before I do anything, the reason I am recompiling is to:
1. Utilize both GB of RAM
2. Utilize both processors
3. Any other quick optimizations that you guys are aware of that you can tell me right away that I should consider, knowing that this system is going to be primarily a web server.
Based on that, any information on specific recompile options would be highly appreciated =)
Also... this is really strange. I am downloading the source right now to /usr/src/linux-2.6.0.tar.bz2, yet when it finishes.... it is nowhere to be found. I did a command search for "find -name *linux-2.6.0*, but nothing showed up. What happened to the file??? Am I not authorized to download to this location? I am downloading it again now....
Yeah, that was the problem. It wasn't giving me an error that I didn't have proper permissions to write to that directory. I am in as root now, however, and chuggin' away. I'll post back when I'm ready to start the compile.
Is there anything I need to modify during the next phase to make sure I have all my RAM, 2nd processor, and any other good modifications made, established? I'm not sure if the "make install" or other commands are actually the ones recompiling, or whatnot. If they are, I would assume this means that I need to make the appropriate changes before-hand.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
it probably dl the file to some /tmp directory, just so it didn't have to tell you "you can't do this". i was just ready to post this answer i found.
Originally posted by Thymox
find / -name filename
This starts the search from the / directory for the specified filename filename (bit obvious, that one ). If you already know that the file is somewhere, like /mnt/win_c, then you can substitute the / in the above command for whatever dir you like.
it should've helped you locate the file. anyway, mute point.
doublefailure, how to I save my original boot image again, exactly? Different name for my new kernel boot image? I modded lilo.conf with these lines to the letter (yeah, I know, I'm not slack, but I will be needing to follow these instructions to the letter )
make oldconfig (to use your old config and choose to add/not add the new options)
make menuconfig (to use your old config and tweak further)
make whatever other type you like (xconfig,gconfig,etc.)
I'm guessing that I need to do "make menuconfig", but I'm asking just to be sure, and then what I should do from that point (as far as tweaking goes).
"Make"ing right now. I did the menuconfig, and made sure I had multi-processor and high-memory enabled. I didn't really do a lot of other modding, though I did go through everything. Whilst I would like to optimize my system, I'd rather not mess everything up at this point in time.