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Old 02-08-2004, 01:57 PM   #1
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compileing 2.6.2

I am reading Kernel Compile Guide for 2.6.0 and am wondering why the link i am makeing is linking to my old 2.4.22 kernal. Does it need to point to your new 2.6.2 kernal.
Old 02-08-2004, 02:22 PM   #2
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by "linking", do you mean trying to link /usr/src/linux-2.6.2/ to /usr/src/linux?

if so, make sure you type it correctly and use the full path name: su, ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.2 /usr/src/linux

then do file /usr/src/linux to make sure the symlink was made correctly
Old 02-08-2004, 02:46 PM   #3
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From /usr/src

rm -f linux
ln -s linux-2.6.0 linux
cd /linux

This is what i mean , Is this unnecessary
Old 02-08-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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That is just fine

What you are doing when you run the following from the /usr/src folder:

rm -f linux
ln -s linux-2.6.0 linux
cd /linux removing a symlink (symbolic link). with the first command. are then creating a new symlink with the second command.

...then you are changing directories to the linux symlink (which now points to the 2.6.x folder) with the third command.

A symlink is kinda like a "shortcut" in Windows or an "alias" in the MacOS.

Also, if you are doing the 2.6.2 kernel your middle command should look like this:

ln -s linux-2.6.2 linux


Last edited by Whitehat; 02-08-2004 at 03:43 PM.
Old 02-08-2004, 04:18 PM   #5
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also, your last command would be 'cd linux', not 'cd /linux'. If you try the latter, it will start in your / directory, and look for a directory labeled 'linux' within there, not the /usr/src/ directory. And make sure that you're logged in as root somehow when you go about making the new symbolic link. And then I would log out of root and configure the kernel as a user, just as a safeguard.
Old 02-08-2004, 04:37 PM   #6
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it is not necessary to link linux to linux-2.6.2 for compiling and installing the kernel if that's what you were wondering about. You can compile and install without doing it. You will want to make the link once you are using the new kernel as your standard kernel and intend to compile other things.


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