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Old 06-18-2005, 07:50 AM   #1
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Difference between kernel-headers kernel-source

Could someone explain the difference between kernel-headers and kernel-source? In Sid in can find kernel-source for 2.6.11 but in testing I can't but kernel-headers are there. Are these the same with a differnt name or are the more differences?

Old 06-18-2005, 09:57 AM   #2
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Well, at the risk of sounding redundant,

Header files are just the header files.

The kernel source is the full kernel source.

When you build modules most of the time you only need the headers
for your running kernel.
If you want to build the kernel you need the full kernel sources.
If none of this made any sense then you probably don't need them anyway.

Hope that helps.

Old 06-18-2005, 11:20 AM   #3
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It did! Leaves me without the kernel-source for 2.6.11 in testing though. Guess I'll have to just get the kernel source from and have a go from there



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