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Old 07-15-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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Some questions about the 'compiling a kernel' section at

# mv /boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz.old
# cat arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /vmlinuz
# mv /boot/ /boot/
# cp /boot/
# make modules_install
Here are my questions:


Why does it say:
# cat arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /vmlinuz
and not
# cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /vmlinuz

Why is the kernel image placed in / and not in /boot:
# rm /boot/vmlinuz
# cat arch/i386/boot/bzImage > /boot/vmlinuz-x.y.z
# cd /boot
# ln -s vmlinuz-x.y.z vmlinuz

# make modules_install
Currently I have the linux-2.6.13 kernel from /pub/slackware/slackware-10.2/testing/packages/linux-2.6.13 installed. I compile a new kernel with lots of new modules. When I would like to switch back to the linux-2.6.13 kernel, how to be sure that I have the same modules like I had before 'make modules_install'? I mean, do I have to copy the config from /boot/config-generic-2.6.13 to /usr/src/linux/.config and do the following:

# make modules
# make modules_install
Or is it enough to just reinstall the package 'kernel-modules-2.6.13-i486-1.tgz'?

Last edited by athanatos; 07-15-2006 at 08:39 AM.
Old 07-15-2006, 09:12 AM   #2
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1. It's the same thing
2. I guess it's a typo. Unless it says to change your /etc/lilo.conf accordingly, the correct place is /boot
3. If you (re)compile the same kernel, adding new modules, then the old ones stay intacted. If you compile a new kernel, it's modules go under /lib/modules/<kernel-version>/

I suggest you to not delete the old kernel before being sure that your new one is working as you expect it to do.



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