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Hi, I've just compiled my new kernel. I had the kernel sources installed so I did this:
# cd /usr/src/linux*
# make mrproper
# make xconfig
from there on i configured the kernel and the things/features i needed support for, after that i ran:
# make bzImage
# make modules
# make modules_install
# make install
I did all that and the kernel compiled successfully, i rebooted and i had the custom kernel added to lilo and i booted into it with no problems, even the bootsplash was still working. The kernel never complained about anything! If i do a uname -a this is what i get:
[mike@linux mike]$ uname -a
Linux linux 2.6.3-4mdkcustom #1 Tue Mar 9 00:40:32 GMT 2004 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux
Was I right with the way I went about compiling? Like with the steps i did?
Yes, that's why it worked.
I don't think you needed to run /sbin/lilo, I think "make install" does that. You could also look into kernel versioning if you run several kernels with different things installed as modules, and you could consider building with gcc-2.95 if it's not your default compiler. You could also do the "make install" step by hand so that you have more control over the process.
Kernel compiling is pretty easy once you have all of the correct options selected. However, that's pretty impressive that you managed to get all of the right options first time. It took me about five goes I think.
Yes, I think so. You would need to be root to do the install stuff, and certainly on my system, /lib/modules/version is linked to the source directory, so it's not the ideal place what with permissions and all, but yes it would work.
I had mine running right the very first time, ran it for three or four weeks it was booting so quick it wasn't funny, then i had to stuff around with it, could leave it alone and it crashed. I tried twice since then with no luck, when I get some more time i'll give it another go