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Old 01-26-2004, 07:36 PM   #1
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Help with compiling of kernel

I have decided to download and compile a new kernel. I have found a guide on how to do it somewhere on this site. What I would like to know is should I download the patch or the full thing. Also how would I dual boot between two different kernels. I don't want to replace the kernel that is there until I know that the new one works.
Also if I use a new kernel will I need to reinstall the drivers.
Help would be mush appreciated
Old 01-26-2004, 07:38 PM   #2
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you need the full kernel source as for the others I don't know.
Old 01-26-2004, 07:50 PM   #3
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if you want to keep your old kernel and your new kernel is a newer version, then download the full thing from and untar it into your /usr/src directory

from there just follow the kernel compile guides on this site

as for dual-booting kernels, you should rename your current kernel in /boot to something like vmlinuz.old and change the entry in grub.conf or lilo.conf to boot vmlinuz.old when linux.old is selected; then when you copy your new kernel image to /boot, just make a new entry to boot that image

or you could just use the slackware kernel compile guide and use make install which will take care of backups automatically
Old 01-27-2004, 03:44 AM   #4
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Thanks that was very helpful


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