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Old 07-23-2006, 08:42 AM   #1
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What goes "in" a kernel?


A long time ago, I built a Gentoo installation. I managed to get through the install docs, which were pretty obtuse at the time, and booted into my new distro. Yay.

'cept for one thing: I didn't have network access.

Somehow, even though the installer requires network access, when I booted into my machine, I had no access.

I theorized that the problem was I didn't build in support for my network card into the kernel.

So, this question...

Is the above true? Should I have built into the kernel support for my NIC? Is this required? What does it mean to build a kernel anyway?

Cheers,

Mike...
 
Old 07-23-2006, 08:59 AM   #2
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it means that you need to recompile the kernel with the drivers required for your devices to work

you can read this howto to have info about kernels
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Kernel-HOWTO.html

also this network install howto
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Network-Install-HOWTO.html

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Old 07-23-2006, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks. Just FYI, that Kernel HOWTO article has been removed, but on the page is a link to the new version.

I had read in the meantime, that one can have a small kernel and use modules to support various things... So, I suppose I could have done this, too.

I am reading the stuff now!!

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