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Old 04-10-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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how to compiling/intalling a new kernel

Hello everyone,

I'm new to Linux Kernel and I was wondering how can I recompile/update the linux kernel from 2.6.15 to 2.6.16 FD5. Then How can I Install it to use kernel headers?

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Old 04-10-2006, 05:51 PM   #2
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I don't want to be rude, but installing the source files, compiling the kernel and install it afterward requires quite some explanation. Certainly if you don't have a specific question, but would like to have the whole story instead. If you ask someone to explain it in the detail you need as someone who is not very experienced, this could easily cover a few letter sized pages.

I don't think it is fair to ask this to the members here.

If you google around to find some documentation for your distribution, I am sure that you'll find more than enough.

It is a lot of explanation to write down, but it is not difficult once you have studied the appropriate documentation.

Old 04-10-2006, 05:53 PM   #3
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Install the kernel tarball into your home directory (that's available from, and then:

$ tar -xjvf <filename_of_kernel>
$ sudo mv <unpacked_directory> /usr/src
$ cd /usr/src
$ sudo ln -s <unpacked_directory> linux
$ cd linux
$ make mrproper
$ make O=/home/<your_name>/build/kernel menuconfig
Configure it with the necessary options, and then

$ make O=/home/<your_name>/build/kernel
$ sudo make O=/home/<your_name>/build/kernel modules_install install
$ cd /boot
$ mkinitrd -o /boot/initrd.img-<version_of_kernel> <version_of_kernel>
$ vim /boot/grub/menu.lst
Now, point one of your menu listings in grub to the new kernel. Reboot, and you should be all set.

This assumes your are using grub.

Last edited by vmlinuz.gz; 04-10-2006 at 05:54 PM.
Old 04-10-2006, 07:08 PM   #4
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This is exactly what I'm looking for, Thank you.
Old 04-10-2006, 07:16 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by allomeen
This is exactly what I'm looking for, Thank you.
You're welcome, and I hope it helps.


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