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Old 04-07-2005, 12:32 PM   #1
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Hi

Whats the difference beteween these files inside /boot and what do these files mean anyway?

config-2.6.5-1.358 vs config-2.6.5-1.358smp

initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img vs initrd-2.6.5-1.358smp.img

System.map-2.6.5-1.358 vs System.map-2.6.5-1.358smp

vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358 vs vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358smp
 
Old 04-07-2005, 12:38 PM   #2
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vmlinuz is the actual kernel, the core of your OS,
the config file contains the configuration of your kernel,
initrd is the initial ramdisk, which may contain driver that need to be loaded on bootup before the real filesystem can be accessed or simply contain the splash picture.

smp-kernel are for multiprocessor machines and/or hyperthreading processors.
 
Old 04-07-2005, 12:44 PM   #3
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what about

System.map-2.6.5-1.358 vs System.map-2.6.5-1.358smp

thanks for info.
 
Old 04-07-2005, 12:49 PM   #4
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Sorry, forgot the system.map:

What this is good for, I don't know exactly. It contains names and adresses of kernel symbols (don't ask me what that is ). All I know is, that this file is only needed for kernel oops tracing and the ps -l command. It is not of vital importance for your system.
 
Old 04-07-2005, 01:40 PM   #5
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cool thanks ... btw where did you get all this info from?
 
Old 04-08-2005, 02:50 AM   #6
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Actually this is all from my favourite kernel-compilation-howto, which is unfortunately only available in german and italian.

http://www.thomashertweck.de/docu.html
 
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thanks you for the help.
 
  


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