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would someone be kind enough to give me a good newbie link for compiling and installing your kernel. i am running redhat 8.0. i did my make dep && make clean && make bzImage && make modules && make modules_install. i copied the arch/i386/bootbzimage to my /boot and renamed it to vmlinuz.new and added it to my lilo.congig file. i also did my /sbin/lilo -v. i know im missing stuff just because in my /boot there are excutibles and other files that are not appearing for my new kernel. i read through the read me file that was supplied with the kernel and also my multi tool linux book and they both seem to be missing some important info it seems. i just need some good instructions so maybe someone has a good site to visit
RedHat includes the .config they compiled their stock kernel, and it's a great place to start. Should be in /boot as config-version_number. Load it into whatever make config you choose, and slice out all the items you know you won't need. They make it to support a great number of hardware items you'll never use.
It shouldn't be that you don't have a vmlinux-2.4.20... I think that's just an unzipped vmlinuz. Anyway, I don't have any for my custom kernels either, and they work.
Do to the size of the initrd-2.4.20.img, I'm just guessing that that might be it. All mine are 124 to 126 KB. I would try making a new initrd with the mkinitrd command. Man it to see what you need. Basic'ly, it's...