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Old 11-06-2003, 12:22 PM   #1
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Question Kernel Compile

I just recently installed Red Hat 9 and I decided to compile my own Kernel. I issued the commands
make xconfig
make dep
make clean
make bzImage
And then I passed the bzImage file to the /boot directory.
I edited grub.conf to boot that kernel, but it can never get passed the init
process call, because it says it can't find it. What do I have to add to grub.conf so it can find it?
Old 11-06-2003, 12:27 PM   #2
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You are missing few more steps after "make bzImage".

You should follow it up with

"make modules"
"make modules_install"
"make install"

Now you are ready to reboot and check if it works. You do not need to make any changes to "grub.conf".

Best of luck
Old 11-06-2003, 12:29 PM   #3
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You also might want to do:
/sbin/mkinitrd initrd.x.x.x.img x.x.x
where x.x.x is the kernel version

This will give you an initrd file.
Old 11-06-2003, 04:40 PM   #4
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If I do the make install, will I still be able to boot my working kernel?
Old 11-06-2003, 04:52 PM   #5
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Absolutely. It won't kill any existing kernels.

I suspect that you won't need to do mkinitd, as this should happen automatically when you make install. Did when I compiled my kernel recently on Mandrake 9.1 anyway. Good luck!


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