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Old 03-05-2005, 05:31 PM   #1
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How much disk space for new kernel


I am using Slackware 10 on an old 350 MHz K-6 laptop, 4 GB harddrive, and 96 MB RAM. The kernel I have is 2.4.26. I'm wondering if I have the disk space to upgrade the kernel to 2.6.11 or 2.4.29 (I have 575 MB available). Also is this old laptop even powerful enough to compile a new kernel?

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Old 03-05-2005, 05:44 PM   #2
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yes, you have enough space...

yes, you can compile the kernel with your laptop...
 
Old 03-05-2005, 05:46 PM   #3
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your machine should do the job, albeit take a little longer. i have read in this forum where people have linux running on boxes that make yours look like the latest greatest. if you have source files installed from your old kernel you could remove them and even the modules once your get the new kernel where you like it. just compile as much as modules as your can and don't include anything you dont need and you should be golden.

good luck

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Old 03-05-2005, 05:50 PM   #4
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sounds good-does it matter if I upgrade it from a 2.4.26 kernel to a 2.6.11, or should I use the 2.4.29 kernel?
 
Old 03-05-2005, 06:18 PM   #5
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the upgrade to 2.4.x from 2.4.x would be quite transparent...

upgrading to 2.6.x from 2.4.x might require a little bit of tweaking (from what i've seen here on the threads)...

i'd recommend 2.4.x because i value stability quite a bit, and besides i've had no real reason to use 2.6.x yet... but my situation might be different than yours...

you should just ask yourself what it is that you hope to accomplish with the upgrade...

for example:

if what you are looking for is a possible performance boost and the latest and greatest features, then 2.6.x might be what you want...

if what you are looking for is just something more polished, secured, and fine-tuned than your current 2.4.26 kernel, then the latest 2.4.x might be what you want...

just my two cents...


PS: have you though about upgrading to slackware 10.1??

=)

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Old 03-05-2005, 06:41 PM   #6
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The release of Slack 10.1 is what me think about upgrading my kernel. I've had to compile so many packages for my system, though, because the precompiled tgz files wouldn't install right with pkgtool. I'm tinking it's because I have an AMD CPU and the packages are kfor intel machines????

Anyway, I put a lot of time into Slack 10, so I think the best thing for me is to just upgrage the kernel and web browser. I'll try upgrading to kernel 2.4.29-I'm looking for ease and security (I never successfully got a kernel working-hopefully this will work).

If I mess up, I'll go with Slack 10.1.
 
Old 03-05-2005, 07:00 PM   #7
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If you have any other boxes look into distcc, its included with slack and will use other networked cpus to shave off compiling time on slow machines.
 
Old 03-05-2005, 07:11 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by linuxhippy
The release of Slack 10.1 is what me think about upgrading my kernel. I've had to compile so many packages for my system, though, because the precompiled tgz files wouldn't install right with pkgtool. I'm tinking it's because I have an AMD CPU and the packages are kfor intel machines????
i've heard of issues with pkgtool and third-party packages... specially packages that were made using things like checkinstall, for example... AFAIK, the issues are/were NOT related to any amd/intel incompatibilities... this might or might not be what's happening to you...

also, i've heard that some third-party packages that fail to install properly with pkgtool will install properly with good old installpkg...

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Anyway, I put a lot of time into Slack 10, so I think the best thing for me is to just upgrage the kernel and web browser. I'll try upgrading to kernel 2.4.29-I'm looking for ease and security (I never successfully got a kernel working-hopefully this will work).
check-out this guide, you might find it helpful:

http://www.digitalhermit.com/linux/K...ild-HOWTO.html

you can also use the config file patrick used for 10.1's 2.4.29 to save yourself some time and hassle if you want:

ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...ource/k/config

good luck!!

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Old 03-05-2005, 08:30 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info. It occured to me after downloading the 2.4.29 kernel and reading the README by Linus, that I should simply patch my kernel with 3 small files.

I downloaded the patches. How do I install them. I tried this:

bash-2.05b# bzip2 -dc patch-2.4.27.bz2 | patch -p1
can't find file to patch at input line 4
Perhaps you used the wrong -p or --strip option?
The text leading up to this was:
--------------------------
|diff -urN linux-2.4.26/CREDITS linux-2.4.27/CREDITS
|--- linux-2.4.26/CREDITS 2004-04-14 06:05:21.000000000 -0700
|+++ linux-2.4.27/CREDITS 2004-08-07 16:26:04.249330136 -0700
--------------------------
File to patch:

So, where is the file? The directory /usr/src/linux exists but is a link to /usr/src/linux-2.4.26 /boot/vmlinuz doesn't work.

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