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Old 04-30-2007, 08:08 PM   #16
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I've installed the kernel headers, modules for 2.6.17.13 and 2.6.18 many times on several systems with no problems, my systems work just fine.
As far as I'm aware, up until (and including) Slackware-11.0, Pat was compiling glibc against the 2.4 headers. Installing the 2.6 headers in their place could break your 'compiling environment,' which is why the HEADERS.WARNING file exists, as pointed out by rworkman.

Straight from the horse's mouth: http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Kernel/usr...x-symlink.html
"You should use the headers that glibc came with."

And there is your answer. Now, let's get this thread back on topic.
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Ok, its time for me to try Slackware. I'm a Debian/Ubuntu guy and just want to make sure I understand the iso download process. Do I have to download several cds or is there an option to do a net install (like what I'm used to) where I get the basics and repository the rest. I appreciate your time and help.
Hi Aquaboot. With Slackware, you can't just get the basics and "repository" the rest. It isn't as automated as Debian.

I might be wrong with my observations, but it seems to me that (beyond the "newbie" stage) there are only really two classes of Linux users - Debianites and Slackers. They each have their own set ways, and "never the twain shall meet" as they say. If you're used to one, transitioning to the other is a bigger move than you'd believe.

Slackware is designed from the ground up to be simple. And, as a Slacker, I like it that way.

By all means, try it, but don't be surprised if it is very different to what you are accustomed.
 
Old 04-30-2007, 09:05 PM   #17
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As far as I'm aware, up until (and including) Slackware-11.0, Pat was compiling glibc against the 2.4 headers. Installing the 2.6 headers in their place could break your 'compiling environment,' which is why the HEADERS.WARNING file exists, as pointed out by rworkman.

Straight from the horse's mouth: http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Kernel/usr...x-symlink.html
"You should use the headers that glibc came with."
Sure. Point well taken.
I'm not disputing rworkman's claims or Pat's warning. I just don't think the danger is that severe. I've installed the 2.6x headers many times, on several machines. I'll concede though that the potential for a problem is there.
For my next install of Slackware, version 12, I'll only install the modules and err on the side of caution.
Many thanks for the links and information, rkelsen and rworkman:-) I like pushing the boundaries and experimenting with Slackware and see how things work:-)
I think a person can be both a Slacker and a Debian user. I am:-)
 
Old 04-30-2007, 10:23 PM   #18
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I just don't think the danger is that severe.
It is if you compile stuff which actually uses kernel headers.
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For my next install of Slackware, version 12, I'll only install the modules and err on the side of caution.
The next version of Slackware will be 2.6 only.
 
Old 04-30-2007, 10:27 PM   #19
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Sure. Point well taken.
I'm not disputing rworkman's claims or Pat's warning. I just don't think the danger is that severe. I've installed the 2.6x headers many times, on several machines. I'll concede though that the potential for a problem is there.
From a practical standpoint, you're right - the chance of problems is relatively small, but if you *do* have problems, they'll be *extremely* hard to debug.

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For my next install of Slackware, version 12, I'll only install the modules and err on the side of caution.
You won't have the choice - the next release of Slackware only has 2.6 headers

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Many thanks for the links and information, rkelsen and rworkman:-) I like pushing the boundaries and experimenting with Slackware and see how things work:-)
I think a person can be both a Slacker and a Debian user. I am:-)
Nothing wrong with that!
 
Old 04-30-2007, 11:08 PM   #20
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Interesting stuff:-) Thanks for the replies, rkelsen and rworkman. Much appreciated!
 
  


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