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Old 10-12-2008, 12:37 AM   #1
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Kernel 2.6.27 compile problem

Hello all,

When I try to compile 2.6.27 from my config from and after running "make oldconfig" the compile fails with no reason and goes back to bash.

I tried a "make mrproper" and recopied over the 2.6.27 config I configured but it stops in the same place:

  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_mac_clut224.c
  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_parisc_clut224.c
  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_sgi_clut224.c
  LD      drivers/usb/core/usbcore.o
  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_spe_clut224.c
  LD      drivers/usb/core/built-in.o
  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_sun_clut224.c
  LOGO    drivers/video/logo/logo_superh_clut224.c
  LD      drivers/usb/built-in.o
  CC      drivers/video/logo/logo_linux_clut224.o
  CC      drivers/video/cfbfillrect.o
  LD      drivers/video/logo/built-in.o
  CC      drivers/video/cfbcopyarea.o
  CC      drivers/video/cfbimgblt.o
  CC      drivers/video/console/bitblit.o
  CC      drivers/video/vesafb.o
  LD      drivers/video/fb.o
  CC      drivers/video/console/fonts.o
  CC      drivers/video/console/font_8x8.o
  CC      drivers/video/console/font_8x16.o
  CC      drivers/video/console/softcursor.o
  LD      drivers/video/console/font.o
  LD      drivers/video/console/built-in.o
  LD      drivers/video/built-in.o
  LD      drivers/built-in.o
bzImage is not created and there is no error at least on the screen.

Any ideas? This is on Slackware 12.1, with make version 3.81.

Nothing in /var/log/syslog or messages.

I'm stumped.
Old 10-12-2008, 12:44 AM   #2
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Apparently this kernel does not like "make -j3".

Got a little further:


  LD      sound/pci/mixart/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/nm256/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/oxygen/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/pcxhr/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/riptide/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/rme9652/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/trident/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/vx222/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/ymfpci/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pci/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pcmcia/pdaudiocf/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pcmcia/vx/built-in.o
  LD      sound/pcmcia/built-in.o
  LD      sound/ppc/built-in.o
  LD      sound/sh/built-in.o
  LD      sound/soc/built-in.o
  LD      sound/sparc/built-in.o
  LD      sound/spi/built-in.o
  LD      sound/synth/emux/built-in.o
  LD      sound/synth/built-in.o
  LD      sound/usb/caiaq/built-in.o
  LD      sound/usb/usx2y/built-in.o
  LD      sound/usb/built-in.o
  CC      sound/ac97_bus.o
  CC      sound/last.o
  LD      sound/built-in.o
  MK_FW   firmware/n.gen.S
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `n/n', needed by `firmware/n.gen.o'.  Stop.
make: *** [firmware] Error 2

Last edited by IRIGHTI; 10-12-2008 at 12:45 AM.
Old 10-12-2008, 12:57 AM   #3
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MK_FW   firmware/n.gen.S
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `n/n', needed by `firmware/n.gen.o'.  Stop.
make: *** [firmware] Error 2
This happened to me too, in make oldconfig be alert after the 1st question about firmware, there is a step when there is no option, (no Y/n/?) so just hit enter and continue with the rest.
Userspace firmware loading support (FW_LOADER) [Y/?] y
  Include in-kernel firmware blobs in kernel binary (FIRMWARE_IN_KERNEL) [Y/n/?] (NEW)
I selected no.
External firmware blobs to build into the kernel binary (EXTRA_FIRMWARE) [] (NEW)
Just hit enter after this one. Continue normally on all other questions.
I know this is vague, but it worked for me and I hope it does for you too

Last edited by MannyNix; 10-12-2008 at 09:30 AM.
Old 10-12-2008, 01:10 AM   #4
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My experience told me that do not "make oldconfig" after huge updates. It will always cause problems when building the kernel...
Old 10-12-2008, 04:22 AM   #5
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I guess when you did make oldconfig, you answered no to a question where you should just had to press enter to accept the default, so as you typed 'n', the config script took 'n' as default value (which is wrong value for this config parameter)
Old 10-12-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
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I always run 'make oldconfig' first and just press ENTER for all questions. I then run 'make menuconfig' to check/correct the options.
Old 10-12-2008, 03:48 PM   #7
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Thanks all that was it.
Old 05-18-2010, 07:00 AM   #8
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Very old thread... still valid today with 2.6.34! I encountered this problem today and with the help of this thread managed to figure things out.

What happens if you do "make oldconfig" is that the question:

"what other firmware objects should be linked into the kernel?"

gets answered with "n" for "no".

Then with some makefile-magic it will try to build the blob called "n", which doesn't exist. The default for that question needs to be "" (blank), and not "n". (or a Null blob should be added to the kernel that's called "n").

So, after you've been hit by this problem, go into menuconfig, and find the binary blob list and empty it.

Good luck!
Old 05-18-2010, 07:04 AM   #9
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Welcome to LQ rew!

Thanks for the heads-up!


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