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Old 04-11-2007, 12:23 AM   #1
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hal and udev can't find version

hello all-

Recently upgraded kernel to and now on bootup I get error messages stating that udev and HAL are not starting because they require kernelversion 2.6. After I login the correct version number is displayed (Linux- But Hal and udev apparently aren't running.

How can I point this thing to the correct version?

many thanks in advance.

Old 04-11-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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i don't know; hal is not an official packages. you'll have to figure it out by yourself (start looking at /etc/rc.d/rc.hal or something)
Old 04-11-2007, 08:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, there is no HAL in Slackware. That must be from a third party package, and there is no telling if they are going to be stable or even work, for that matter.

udev should be working though, unless of course you also downloaded a third party udev package as well (I know there are some on
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Are you using -current by any chance ?
Old 04-12-2007, 12:38 PM   #5
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Re: hal and udev can't find version

Yes, I'm using -current. But my original problem was that I couldn't get this puppy to print. I did some research and found the problem is with Hal and udev. So I downloaded both from and installed them. The error messages state that /sbin/kernelversion can not be found, i.e. no such file or folder.

Where can I find the information to overcome this problem?

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/sbin/kernelversion does not exist on a stock Slackware system. Since you have a 2.6 kernel running, you can safely comment out that check in the rc.hal script.

As for udev, there was no need (and it was a bad idea) to upgrade the udev package included in Slackware -current with the one from The init scripts and udev start script (along with the udev rules and such) are written in such a way that they are often mutually dependent upon each other. If you're going to use unsupported packages from LP to replace the stock Slackware packages, then you should be asking for support in the LP forums rather than the official Slackware forum.

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