I originally installed Slackware 10.2 on a freshly formatted hard drive, dedicated to GNU/Linux (No M$ on this hard drive.) I used the sata.i kernel during the install and chose the test26 kernel. I later recompiled the kernel (using the guide in the sticky post by DaOne). All was well. Then one day last week I ran swaret to update/upgrade. I over-looked the fact that the kernel-2.4.32 was to be installed. A few days later, I rebooted the machine and instead of my normal "fortune" at login, I was greeted with "bash command not found (or unrecognized, I don't remember the exact syntax). I was able to execute some commands, but only after a su to root. I could not edit text or run lilo. I was able to use a PHLAK liveCD to change the symlinks in /boot, so that I was able to boot the computer with the 2.4 kernel. I re-installed the test26 kernel and was able to reboot into my previous configuration. However, I wanted to use my optimized kernel. I thought perhaps the problem was something in the old config, so I downloaded the latest 2.6 kernel from kernel.org, and started with a fresh config. I again followed the guide posted by DaOne and all went well (no warning messages) and I rebooted. Again I run into the unrecognized bash commands problem. Has anyone experienced similar issues? I tried removing all previous versions of the 2.6 kernel, system.map, config, and vmlinuz files, as well as /lib/modules/2.6.x/, and used pkgtool to install the slackware packaged 126.96.36.199 kernel and 188.8.131.52 modules from /testing, and I am still having these problems on a recompile. The stock kernel works fine. I am at my wit's end trying to resolve this. I've been poring through dmesg and /var/log/syslog to no avail. Nothing jumps out at me a being a blatant, obvious error. Could this be something as simple as a bad symlink in rc.d or something similar? (Of note: in the original recompile of my 2.6.13 kernel, I did use the APPEND_LOCAL_VERSION option. Fearing this may have been the source of my troubles, I did not choose this option on subsequent attempts.) Someone, anyone, please save me from myself!!!