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Quakeboy02 12-16-2006 09:14 PM

kernel build says build is "dirty"?
I downloaded a new kernel from and built it the same way as always, but it says it's dirty. Can someone explain what's going on?


MensaWater 12-17-2006 02:29 AM

Does it say "dirty" or "tainted". If the latter it means you've compiled in something that isn't open source. It will work OK but its just a way of letting you know.

Not unusual to see "tainted" kernels in commercial environments.

Quakeboy02 12-17-2006 02:59 PM


As you can see, the kernel is marked dirty in the name of the deb. It also appears with the dirty name in grub when I boot. I'm pretty sure, well I'm guessing anyway, that it's related to the fact that it's a kernel from, rather than an official debian blessed kernel. But, it would be nice to know what's going on.

Quakeboy02 12-18-2006 11:24 PM

I finally found the answer:

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