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Old 05-24-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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Local version - append to kernel release (LOCALVERSION) [] (NEW)

hi. im trying to compile a kernel and i am using a old config file so i did make oldconfig and i have this prompt.

Local version - append to kernel release (LOCALVERSION) [] (NEW)

im not sure what i am supposed to do at it. Am i supposed to type LOCAL VERSION or NEW and if so what is the different between the two?
Old 05-25-2005, 02:15 AM   #2
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or do i type the version of a kernel for it to edit or type new to make a new kernel? i want to make a new kernel. i tried looking thru google for the exact prompt and got two pages of results did it with + oldconfig and got one. Im going to read the kernel howto at but im at work right now. thanks for any help in advanced.
Old 05-06-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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reply to ancient thread

Hey, it's an old thread, but wth ...

mingdao@silas:~$ less kernel/linux-$VERSION/README
 - Keep a backup kernel handy in case something goes wrong.  This is
   especially true for the development releases, since each new release
   contains new code which has not been debugged.  Make sure you keep a
   backup of the modules corresponding to that kernel, as well.  If you
   are installing a new kernel with the same version number as your
   working kernel, make a backup of your modules directory before you
   do a "make modules_install".
   Alternatively, before compiling, use the kernel config option
   "LOCALVERSION" to append a unique suffix to the regular kernel version.
   LOCALVERSION can be set in the "General Setup" menu.
To do this, "at it" press Enter, then type "-libata" or hyphen and
whatever suffix you would like to use, then press Enter again.

This will give you, in my case:
mingdao@silas:~$ ls -1 /lib/modules/
unique module directories for the same kernel version.

Last edited by Bruce Hill; 05-06-2008 at 06:53 PM. Reason: removed an extra slash
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