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Old 08-03-2005, 02:56 AM   #1
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Advice on how to test "# make modules"

As a newbie I intend to undestand what goes wrong with a certain kernel configuration procedure that starts with
# make menuconfig
and ends with
# make modules
Of course I want to keep as to be functional the actual "satisfactory" configuration of my system. Since a newbie I would appreciate any comment on my plan to work.
1) Make a directory, say /Test, in /usr/src and downoad kernel sources in it.
2) Enter /usr/src/Test as root and do all the work in that directory.
3) Limit myself to the first needed feature (in customizing the kernel) and then apply
# make modules
to this limitating stage. If things go OK, then proceed further to the second feature (and so on) untill occuring the error message.
After learning the bug, undo (?) all the work and finally delete the /Test directory.
Could you please comment on:
(a) How should the "undo" work look like.
(b) What is the difference between source files called as <*kernel*.rpm> and source files called as <*kernel-devel.rpm>: which type of the two should I download to work with?
(c) Is it true that, during my work, Fedora Core 4 will automatically provide me with a "Test" item in the booting menu? And if positive, will my "undo" procedure also undo this booting item, or should I manually remove it out of GRUB?
Grateful thanks for any opinion!
Old 08-04-2005, 12:29 AM   #2
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form one newb to another .. so long as you don't delete your old kernel it will still be there. If your kernel fails you just have to ln -s the config/systemmap/linux files/directories back to the way it was. and don't delete the kernel info from your boot loader, just add to it

You still have your boot disk you created when installing right? be sure you back up first

and compiling a kernel isn't as scary as it sounds, so long as you know what hardware you have and have a good tutorial you should be good.

Last edited by Furlinastis; 08-04-2005 at 12:33 AM.
Old 08-04-2005, 03:24 AM   #3
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In fact, since a newbie, Linux partition is still a testing polygon for me. So nothing to lose if reinstalling it again and again; just get more knowledge.
Thanks for encouraging me!


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