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Old 08-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #16
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I don't have a installkernel executable on my machine, yet "make install" has never failed me. "make help" also says it will install to $INSTALL_PATH if no installkernel exists. From the Makefile:

# INSTALL_PATH specifies where to place the updated kernel and system map
# images. Default is /boot, but you can set it to other values
export  INSTALL_PATH ?= /boot
So again, it seems "make install" just does the copying for me without the issue of fat finger problems. Unless I'm missing something.
Old 08-22-2008, 08:07 PM   #17
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If I remember rightly, the idea behind make install was that you have a /boot/vmlinuz and a /boot/vmlinuz.old image setup in you /etc/lilo.conf and make install would manage them for you. That would allow you to go back to the previous kernel if you new kernel failed to boot. The only problem with it is if something goes wrong and you run make install a second time without thinking it'll overwrite the vmlinuz.old with the bad one. I used to do it that way back in the old days. But now, I just keep a static entry for the shipped/default huge kernel as my backup boot option.
Old 08-22-2008, 08:59 PM   #18
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nothing wrong with make install, but I prefer to copy the 2 files by hand, like treating them with care and love, not handled by a cold automated script I use grub bootloader anyway, so not interested by the lilo update....
Old 08-22-2008, 09:04 PM   #19
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ok i got everything sorted out.lastime i used make install i got a bunch of errors,but then again im new at this!
thanks for all the input!


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