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Old 02-15-2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Help!!! Cannot install the kernel sources!!!

I'm using Mandrake Linux 8.1, but it looks like I don't have the kernel sources, because there isn't a /usr/src/linux directory, but when I found and double clicked on the RPM archive file that apparently contains the kernel sources, the RPM installer refuses to install the RPM package with the message stating that the RPM package is already installed!

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Old 02-15-2004, 05:36 PM   #2
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look for directory under /usr/src: probably linux-2.1.44 or something like that


ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.1.44 /usr/src/linux

replace linux-2.1.44 with whatever version you find in /usr/src
Old 02-15-2004, 07:31 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, I only have /usr/src/RPM directory that isn't empty and many other subdirectories are empty!

Like what I just said, The RPM installer *WILL REFUSE* to install the kernel source RPM, because the RPM installer insists that the RPM package was already installed!!!

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Old 02-15-2004, 10:14 PM   #4
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I had a similar problem with mandy 9.2, but I kNoW it didn't have kernel source installed. Someone had me run "updatedb" from a command line. After that the installer went ahead and installed. May have been specific to my circumstances though.

Any one familiar with "updatedb"? Could it help here?


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