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Old 12-17-2002, 07:47 PM   #1
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Question How do you patch a kernel?

I have Linux RedHat 8.0 kernel 2.418-18.8.0
I want to patch to 2.4.19.
I have downloaded the patch from

I have tried reading the how-to's but they do not make much sense to me.
I have the kernel source loaded and (I think) the proper development utilities.
I am using a desktop manager....WindowMaker. Gnome and KDE are too bulky. I like making the menus the way I want them. ;-)

Any help would be appreciated.

If you can guide me to a step by step section on the web that would be great as well. :-)
Old 12-17-2002, 08:02 PM   #2
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These are the steps I take to patch a kernel:

1) If your

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Old 12-17-2002, 08:02 PM   #3
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You essentially just want to use the "patch" program at the command line.

If you have your 2.4.18 kernel in the /usr/src/linux/ directory, and you put the 2.4.19 patch in /usr/src/linux-patch-2.4.19 (after running "gunzip" on it -- I don't remember what the file is really called), you should be able to just "cd /usr/src/linux ; patch < ../linux-patch-2.4.19" and it should chug away, patching the sources for you!

Then you'll get to enjoy the process of building a custom kernel. Don't get too overwhelmed! Defaults are your friends. ;-)
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I'd be cautious :}

MDK (as RH) are busy modifying the kernels in
their distro ... I wouldn't bet my life on patching
a MDK-kernel with a diff from ;)



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