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Old 07-30-2006, 06:00 PM   #1
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How do I determine the kernel version I am currently running?

I am trying to get wireless working under Slackware 10.2 on a spare laptop I fixed. I need to know what kernel version I am running. Is there a command to determine what version of a kernel you are running?

Under /boot/grub there are two files one named 'vmlinux' the other 'vmlinux-ide-2.4.31' what is the difference between calling one versus the other at boot time. Obviously, 'vmlinux-ide-2.4.31' is kernel version 2.4.31 but what version is 'vmlinux', because in my menu.lst file this is the one I have called?
Old 07-30-2006, 06:07 PM   #2
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uname -r

Old 07-30-2006, 06:10 PM   #3
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Wow, that was fast. Thanks truthfatal, I appreciate it.
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Okay, one more question. What is the difference between the two files?
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Without knowing what config options they were compiled with, the only answer I can give is a general one. The first one doesn't provide any info about what it is. The second one looks like a version 2.4.31 kernel file for systems with IDE drives.

I'd have expected the second one to be named vmlinuz-ide-2.4.31 instead of vmlinux-ide-2.4.31. What date/times do they have on them when you run ls -l? How are they referenced in your grub conf file?

Last edited by gilead; 07-30-2006 at 08:16 PM.
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vmlinuz may just be a link to the actual kernel file.


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