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Old 05-22-2003, 12:06 AM   #121
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thnx i got the directory.. i guess it is down the path to kernel compiling for me... kinda scary b/c i have NO idea wat i am actually doing!
Old 05-22-2003, 12:10 AM   #122
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okay i did the make menuconfig.. and i have no idea wat to do there so i just saved the file... i am a newbie can somebody help me out on what all those stuff mean?
Old 05-22-2003, 01:20 AM   #123
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so i did all the steps for creating a kernel for newbies... and at the lilo config there was the Dos and slack.old should there be another selection for the new slack kernel? so i loaded the slack.old and nothign seemed to have changed.. anybody can help me... i basically did all the steps in the first post.. thnx for any help.
Old 05-22-2003, 03:27 AM   #124
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As far as kernel options go, unfortunately, I'll tell you what a lot of people will, read the help pages. At first they may seem somewhat confusing, but as time goes on, and you learn more about the different aspects of linux, they'll get easier to understand.

As far as lilo goes, did you edit (say.. with pico) /etc/lilo.conf to include the new kernel for the menu to recognize? Did you run lilo after saving lilo.conf?

And as a note: nothing's going to change if you don't change it.
slack.old is your old kernel that's "fresh out of the box", so of course everything's going to be the same.

Listen, you have a working system now, and I can tell you are VERY new to linux in general, so for right now, just get familiar with the tools and 1000s of applications linux has to offer.

And be sure to take 3 of these and write me back tomorrow:
(everyone in the linux world should have these bookmarked as they are GREAT reference points) (all sorts of great linux resources) (need an application?) (the linux documentation project)
(more specifically for you:

Also, take some advice, if you really want to get into linux, be prepared to do A LOT of reading I have nearly 2 full bookshelves on Linux notes, programming books, and other material, another box in the back storage room, and the Linux bible stays right on my desk (basically as a paper weight now though). But then again, I'm also a fanatic. Still, if you want to learn linux, the best advice I can give you is read, and start with That's a pretty good starting resource on the net.

Good luck with everything!
Old 05-22-2003, 06:30 AM   #125
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i like the accelerate the grammer
Old 05-22-2003, 07:51 AM   #126
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so i did all the steps for creating a kernel for newbies
You must not have properly edited lilo.conf. Remember, this is one of the very first things you do if following the instructions in this thread. You see, when you add the section for the new kernel in /etc/lilo/conf, and edit /usr/src/Makefile, the make command will then rename, and copy all files to the proper locations, AND run Lilo. When it runs Lilo, the new kernel image will be found (because when you edited lilo.conf, you told Lilo where the new kernel would be), and you'll see the new kernel added to the list. If you only had 1 kernel to start with, you'll end up with these two choices...

Linux = (your freshly compiled kernel)
slack.old (or whatever you labeled it) = (your old kernel)

So, I believe you missed something in the very beginning.
Old 05-22-2003, 08:32 AM   #127
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You can find the 'article' that this thread is based on here, give that a read and if you have a specific question about any of the steps you can add a comment after the article and I'll give you a specific answer.

This thread is becoming quite large and it was never intended to be for indivudial help with compiling a kernel, just a recomended method for newbies to auotmate the process of building and installing a kernel in slackware.

A lot of the posts in this thread are concerned with how to select the correct options when building the kernel, and are not exactly slackware specific so they would be more suited to a 'hardware and kernel options' type of thread in one of the other forums where users of "other" distro's who wish to compile their own kernel can benifit from the discussion.

At this point I'm going to close this thread for now.
Remember that you can always ask Jeremy to intervene if your not happy with my decision, it's his site after all.
I'm only a moderator here because he asked me and I'll abide by any decision he makes.

Last edited by Aussie; 05-22-2003 at 08:34 AM.
Old 04-17-2005, 05:20 AM   #128
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Unsticking for now, the thread is rather old, and we have a newer 2.6.x kernel thread successfully going.

Any problems, jot me a quick email, I'll be happy to reconsider.


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