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Old 11-05-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Compiling a kernel

For compiling kernel v2.6.9 on slackware 10, would this method work correctly?

tar -xzvf linux-2.6.9
cd linux-2.6.9
make clean && make mrproper
make menuconfig
make modules_install
make install
cp /boot/
cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9
cp .config /boot/config-2.6.9
cd /boot
mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.9 -m reiserfs
<edit lilo file>

I havent compiled a kernel in quite some time, or used linux for that matter - Ive been working on a software project for a professor in visual basic (blech), so I had put windows on my laptop. Now Im trying to reinstall slackware and update the kernel, and I am trying to do it all just from memory. Im wondering, though, before I go ahead and do it, if this will work correctly.
Old 11-05-2004, 10:49 PM   #2
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This is how i do it and it works fine for
Old 11-05-2004, 10:57 PM   #3
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it's better to make a symlink to the kernel directory and work from there:

tar -zxvf linux-xyz.tar.gz
ln -s linux-xyz linux
cd linux

sometimes other things won't compile right if you do it the other way (e.g., radeon drivers).

Last edited by synaptical; 11-05-2004 at 10:59 PM.
Old 11-05-2004, 11:25 PM   #4
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in response to the edit lilo part is there more that should be added then the following:
image = /boot/vmlinuz-generic-2.6.7
  initrd = /boot/initrd.gz
  root = /dev/hda1
  label = Linux2.6
  append="acpi=off apm=on"
will it be able to find the and .config file that go with the new kernel...what i have been doing is sym linking the with then i feel that makes it so that i have to boot only the 2.6.7 kernel

thanks for any help in advance...


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