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Old 06-30-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Question Please lead me by the nose to kernel source files?

Hi...hope the subject says it all? I seem to need very explicit assistance finding the source files (kernel 2.6.11-1.35)! I've read lots of posts with info like "go to the updates and download the kernel* RPMS" but apparently, I'm too dense to locate what I need correctly. (I don't want to recompile the kernel, just need the source so that i can compile / install drivers for some silly, etc.)

So, if someone doesn't mind giving a noob a nice hard push in the right direction? I will appreciate it...

Old 06-30-2005, 07:19 PM   #2
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is this what you're looking for?

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Old 06-30-2005, 07:28 PM   #3
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kernel source

It depends on your distribution as to whether or not you can install the rpm. If you are using a distro that uses rpms, then find the appropriate kernel source rpm. Example, if you are using Fedora 3, then you could go to
and download the right kernel (according to version). The kernel source rpm you need is
You would then install the rpm by opening a terminal.
Log in as root by typing
then you password
Once logged in as root, issue the command
rpm -ivh kernel-doc-2.6.11-1.35_FC3.noarch.rpm
from the directory where the rpm was downloaded, or just put the full path in the command. Let me know if you need more assistance.
Old 07-05-2005, 08:46 AM   #4
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Thanks, Dugas - and Genesee --

The rpmfind site looks like it has everything, but I wasn't sure exactly what to look for (filewise) or download. I'd previously downloaded what I thought was the source files, something named kernel-2.6.11-1.27_FC3.src.rpm, only to find it was a collection of files with the extension .patch (differences files?) and .config files but no actual source code.

(btw I am using Fedora Core 3, my cut and paste skills lack, I see I cut off the end of the string in my first post, sorry.)

The kernel-doc-2.6.11-1.35_FC3.noarch.rpm appears to be all the documentation on the kernel source, but not the actual source code, so I'm still searching for that.

Do you know what "kernel-smp-2.6.11-1.27_FC3.i586.rpm" contains? It's a pretty large file, maybe it's what I need...? I think "kernel-2.6.11-1.27_FC3.i586.rpm" is the actual compiled bits? I let the redhat automatic updater run after I installed it from the disks (borrowed from school) so I didn't download and install the kernel upgrade myself.

All these files I found at the URL from Dugas, (thanks again!) and also for the instructions on installing...I guess I do need a bit more help to get the right source files ...

Old 07-09-2005, 01:58 PM   #5
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As Fedora Project Release Notes says, there is no source code of the Fedora kernel, as it usually was before. They release the source as kernel.x.x.x.src.rpm but recompiling the kernel is about rebuilding the kernel rpm from the source and it is harder then doing it with 'make xconfig' like before..

i had some problem with adding ntfs modules to kernel.. Trying recompile kernel as usual make errors all the time on Fedora, because there is no source actually, just the directory i tried recompile within was the compiled source of course. 'make xconfig' works there but 'make bzImage' always fails.. building the new rpm from the srpm to fit our needs is the only way i think..

i solved my problem finding the pre-built kernel rpm with ntfs-drivers installed.. this was the quick way of course, because i still had to try out to rebuild the rpm, when i would need for example amiga-fs support in my kernel.. i'm still on it..

Last words.. The kernel-spm packages has nothing to do with the source actually, they are just prebuilt versions of the kernel supporting multiprocessors, because rather then little differences on kernel, many people who have multiprocessors need them, thats why they always released on Fedora Servers..

Suggest to keep struggling..


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