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Old 07-15-2001, 04:33 PM   #1
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kernel update and install

I had a lok over at suse and could n't find updated kernels for suse7.1
any ideas where I can get them.
secondly I what is the best method for installing new and backup old kernels


Old 07-16-2001, 02:19 PM   #2
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I would say that the best way to put in a new kernel is to compile one yourself. Use the kernel HOW-TO at as a guide.

The kernel itself when finished is usually called vmlinuz (in /boot), or something along those lines. Simply keep that file and you will be able to boot to it at any time. You may want to put a copy of it on a floppy, so you can boot from it in an emergancy (and you never know!)
Old 07-16-2001, 03:25 PM   #3
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First, get the latest stable kernel at The link for it will be at the bottom of the page.

Second, if you use LILO to boot, NEVER replace entries in /etc/lilo.conf until you're sure they work properly. And even then, it's good to have a kernel entry to fall back on that you know works. This advice might not make sense to you, so you'll need to read a little about LILO configuration. Read the man pages and look at your lilo.conf file, it should make sense.

The README file included in the kernel tarball is pretty easy to follow for compiling a new kernel. If you've never done it before, use the "make xconfig" option for configuring (provided you're running X of course). It's a GUI that makes things pretty plain for kernel configuration.

That's just my opinion, I prefer GUIs.

I'd recommend looking at the HOWTOs at for LILO and Kernel. They'll help as well.

Old 07-16-2001, 03:50 PM   #4
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cheers that was just what I was after


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