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Old 03-18-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
cothrige
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Question about upgrading to 2.6.x kernel


Okay, for the background first. I am using Slackware 10.2 but I needed the 2.6 kernel for things like my digital camera and mp3 player. So I read the guides and info on using the /testing kernel, but thought it may be a bit more bloated than I need and so decided to roll one myself.

I downloaded the newest kernel (2.6.15.4) at that time and compiled it as I usually would, with full expectation it would go just fine. And I was not disappointed. Everything went just swimmingly. I rebooted and installed the libraries and apps for my camera and player, and did some digging on getting them working with hotplug for regular users so that I wouldn't have to be root. All went fine and it actually was one of the smoothest installs I have had in a while.

However, I now realize I may be leaving something out. I still have the standard kernel-headers-2.4.31-i386 package installed. So, I am wondering if that should be changed, and if so, how? Since most everything seems to be working fine should I just leave it alone? Is that what should be done anyway? Or should I install the testing headers for 2.6.13, even though I have 2.6.15 running? Or, since I compiled my own kernel, did it install new headers itself? I have honestly never really thought about it at all, but noticed the presence of a new header package in testing, separate from the kernel source itself, and it occurred to me that I may have goofed up in my approach.

Also, should I have installed udev? I have never understood it well and so thought I would do so if things were broken, but the devices seem there and fine, including the 2.6 dependent camera and mp3 player. Any suggestions?

Many thanks in advance,

Patrick
 
Old 03-18-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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headers

I would run pkgtool , you should see all your headers there, if you have no reason to fall back to the previous kernel simply remove the old headers and images from pkgtool.

cheers,

fibster
 
Old 03-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #3
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if i were you, i won't remove the old 2.4.x kernel, since sometimes, i need it just in case upgrading to new packages/kernel broke something. for now, i still keep my 2.4.31 kernel along with my 2.6.15.5 kernel
 
Old 03-18-2006, 11:00 PM   #4
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Cool. Then I will do the same. If it is not an obvious mistake on my part, then I am comfortable. And everything does seem to be working. So far anyway.

Many thanks,

Patrick
 
  


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