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[tlug] Re: Compiling HOWTO!

"Ahmed Sarwar" <> writes:

> I thought there's a command like:
> apt-get-upgrade kernel-2.6.x and it does everything
> for me while I'm have coffee :-)

apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-1-386 (or -686, or the appropriate
architecture; use apt-cache search ^kernel-image-2.6 to see your
choices) will install a generic kernel, in case your system works with

apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 will install a .tar.bz2 into
/usr/src/ . You can also get the Linux kernel sources the normal way.

You could configure the kernel by copying .config and doing a make
old-config, but it's such a big jump from 2.2 to 2.6 that you're
probably better off doing make xconfig/menuconfig/gconfig and going
through all the options again. =) The QT interface is a vast
improvement over the Motif one, I think.

If you prefer custom kernels, you may want to check out
kernel-package. After you configure the kernel, you can run make-kpkg
to build a .deb containing your custom kernel while you go and have
coffee. Then you can install it with dpkg -i.

See the README in the 2.6 kernel sources for more details on compiling,
as the build process changed. =)

Sacha Chua <> - open source geekette
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