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Old 05-20-2007, 08:04 PM   #1
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Modifying and repackaging Slackware package


I would like to install a Slack Pack which apparently was compiled for the kernel. However I am running kernel 2.6.20. This should not normally be an issue but when I unpacked the archive to view the contents before installing, I noticed a "..../lib/modules/" folder structure. Since I am running kernel 2.6.20 my structure would show this value rather the the My question is, is it possible to unpack and modify the package to change the name of the directory to 2.6.20 and have the entire archive repackaged into a genuine Slack Pack?

Old 05-20-2007, 08:21 PM   #2
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What is the package? It sounds like a kernel module of some sort. If that is the case it will need to be recompiled for your present kernel. With any luck the package will include a slackbuild script. If it does, extract the slackbuild script, obtain the source and run the script and you should have a package built against your kernel. Full instructions for using slackbuilds are here at
Old 05-20-2007, 08:22 PM   #3
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A precompiled package with a kernel module inside can not be used on another kernel.
You can re-build the package using the sources however, and create a kernel module for your version of the kernel.
What package are you referring to by the way?

Old 05-20-2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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Yeah, just untar it in a test directory that has nothing else in it. And then make your change, go to the base directory of your test, and as root "makepkg foo.tgz"

But If it is just a directory structure, you could also go to that directory and create a soft link from one directory to the other: ln -s 2.6.20.

But now I look at where it is installed: Kernel modules from one version do not work with kernels of a different version number, so I don't think your module that it is placing in there will actually work.
Old 05-20-2007, 08:30 PM   #5
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Hi guys

Thanks for all the informative responses. For the record the package is: ipw3945-1.2.0_2.6.17.13-i486-1.tgz. So based on the advice here its strictly for then.

Old 05-20-2007, 08:43 PM   #6
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So based on the advice here its strictly for then.
Yes, but Alien Bob has made it easy for you.

You can download all the files from here:

and run the SlackBuild script to create a new package for your kernel version.
Old 05-20-2007, 09:02 PM   #7
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Excellent, although I am completely clueless about the "SlackBuild" bit. However Eternal_Newbie has been good enough to post a link which I hope will clear things up.


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Old 05-20-2007, 09:35 PM   #8
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dont forget the slack tools that help with this stuff.

install slacktrack from /extra on the site.

also look at explodepkg, makepkg, etc.


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