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Old 11-02-2003, 10:27 PM   #1
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Compilation is a serious issue!!!

I think i am going to go of my HEAD!!!

Distro: MDK 9.1

OK, so i am a linux newbie. Question: Does everyone have this much problems coming right with Linux? Doubt it!!

Problem is this.

Seems that i need to compile a new kernel. I have downloaded linux-2.4.22.tar.gz and unzipped it.

Now i need to compile it: HOW?

I need to configure it first right? Well, i started "make xconfig" and it got me to a GUI editor for the kernel.

The default values in this kernel are not the ones for my system right? Well, i am not sure wich values are.

then i need to edit the linux softlink in /usr/src


i tried "vim /usr/src/linux" wich opened the editor, but as soon as i try to do something, it tells me : modifiable is off.

What to do?????????

Please guys, i need some serious help here.

I have read all the kernel compile howto's that i could find, but i didn't come right.


I just need to get my linux sorted.

I have also posted a thread for a problem i have with my modem.

please read and comment:

(I am not allowed to post a URL yet - just ad the http and www bit)

ANY help would be appreciated....

Old 11-02-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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Here is some information about recompiling a kernel.
i tried "vim /usr/src/linux" wich opened the editor, but as soon as i try to do something, it tells me : modifiable is off.
A couple of notes about editing configuration files. Only root can do that.
If you are using an editor in a terminal window, type the "su" command, then the root password. You will then be logged into that terminal window as the root user.
If you prefer a simple GUI text editor, type (in a terminal window) "kdesu kedit". Enter the root password. Kedit will then start with root permission.
Old 11-03-2003, 12:16 AM   #3
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I'm a newbie also, but why do you need to update your kernel for? Does it enhance anything about Linux?
Old 11-03-2003, 01:32 AM   #4
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I usually do it when I need a new program that requires a new kernel or for security issues and last but not least to get more hardware to work

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