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Old 06-30-2008, 10:49 PM   #16
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Here's uname:

userzero@aquamarine:~$ uname -r

This is just a learning exercise for me so I can learn how to manually patch a kernel. I want to just patch my kernel one patch version up.

I guess my first question is- can I use the next patch in the sequence from, which looks like it would be: patch- or since this is a Debian-tuned kernel, is there a Debian patch I should be using?

So, this should be pretty basic it seems but... I'm just confused about exactly what I should apply the patch to and where it (kernel source tree) is on my system. Again, the Debian tutorials assume /usr/src/linux, which confusingly is empty on my default install.

Thanks in advance,


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Again, the Debian tutorials assume /usr/src/linux, which confusingly is empty on my default install.
It shouldn't be confusing, since by default in Debian, there's nothing in /usr/src. Perhaps those tutorials are incomplete, or maybe they assume that you know that you first have to get a source package to play with. Here's a link to a HOWTO that I like very much on building kernels in Debian:

In any case, since you are running 2.6.24, if you want to use Debian sources, you need to download the package linux-source-2.6.24. You will probably also want these packages: build-essential, libncurses-dev, fakeroot and kernel-package.
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You can install every package that you need with Synaptic.Just search for "kernel".It will install all kernel related packages in /usr/src.
Here's a list of the directories in my /usr/src at the moment;
Remember to select right architecture for the packages you will select.Always use compiler with wich your kernel was compiled when you're patching it,sometimes you'll need to change a environment variable for that if you have more than one compiler in your system.Here's the list of extra packages that I'll suggest you to install;kerneloops,linux-tree-2.6.24 and module-init-tools besides some already mentioned,which you need,like build-essential,etc.Here's a good kernel-howto.


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