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Old 03-18-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question about upgrading to 2.6.x kernel

Okay, for the background first. I am using Slackware 10.2 but I needed the 2.6 kernel for things like my digital camera and mp3 player. So I read the guides and info on using the /testing kernel, but thought it may be a bit more bloated than I need and so decided to roll one myself.

I downloaded the newest kernel ( at that time and compiled it as I usually would, with full expectation it would go just fine. And I was not disappointed. Everything went just swimmingly. I rebooted and installed the libraries and apps for my camera and player, and did some digging on getting them working with hotplug for regular users so that I wouldn't have to be root. All went fine and it actually was one of the smoothest installs I have had in a while.

However, I now realize I may be leaving something out. I still have the standard kernel-headers-2.4.31-i386 package installed. So, I am wondering if that should be changed, and if so, how? Since most everything seems to be working fine should I just leave it alone? Is that what should be done anyway? Or should I install the testing headers for 2.6.13, even though I have 2.6.15 running? Or, since I compiled my own kernel, did it install new headers itself? I have honestly never really thought about it at all, but noticed the presence of a new header package in testing, separate from the kernel source itself, and it occurred to me that I may have goofed up in my approach.

Also, should I have installed udev? I have never understood it well and so thought I would do so if things were broken, but the devices seem there and fine, including the 2.6 dependent camera and mp3 player. Any suggestions?

Many thanks in advance,

Old 03-18-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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I would run pkgtool , you should see all your headers there, if you have no reason to fall back to the previous kernel simply remove the old headers and images from pkgtool.


Old 03-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #3
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if i were you, i won't remove the old 2.4.x kernel, since sometimes, i need it just in case upgrading to new packages/kernel broke something. for now, i still keep my 2.4.31 kernel along with my kernel
Old 03-18-2006, 11:00 PM   #4
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Cool. Then I will do the same. If it is not an obvious mistake on my part, then I am comfortable. And everything does seem to be working. So far anyway.

Many thanks,



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