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Old 02-02-2002, 11:08 PM   #1
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kernel configuration

i have a quick question. i'm currently running slackware 8.0 with the 2.4.5 kernel on my system. i need to install the 2.4.17 kernel on my system in order to get some specific scripts to run. the only problem is that whenever i compile the 2.4.17 kernel, i get some weird stuff happening in X. my system works perfectly with 2.4.5.

so i'm wondering if there's a way to compile a new kernel using your old kernel's configuration. i think my problem is that i'm just missing some options when recompiling the new kernel.

Old 02-02-2002, 11:33 PM   #2
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Copy the configuration file from 2.4.5 to 2.4.17. The configuration file is hidden and is called .config.

cp /usr/src/linux-2.4.5/.config /usr/src/linux-2.4.17
Old 03-07-2002, 06:56 PM   #3
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Odd phenomenon with .config

When I first install red hat (in my case 7.1), everything runs fine:
It recognizes my NICs, sound devices, all startup items all [passed].

However, when I do an make xconfig or menuconfig, it doesn't reflect any of the supports for my system. So, oddly enough, if I attempt to save the configuration WITHOUT making a single change, and compile the NICs [fails] at startup, my sound device is not recognized, along with other things failing.

These things shouldn't fail because I didn't make any changes to the configuration, yet they do, which leads me to believe that .config doesn't reflect what your system has when you first do a make xconfig or menuconfig.

Is this true, and if so, why is it that?

If I want to add a simple support (for example: for another NIC), I would have also have to configure the rest of the system.

Can someone make some sense out of this....or tell me that I got all this wrong.


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