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SubjectRe: How to check if kernel sources are installed on a system?
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On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 13:52 -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 19:03 +0200, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 15:03 +0200, Heiko Carstens wrote:
> > > > > > How does one check the existence of the kernel source RPM (or deb) on
> > > > > > every single distribution?.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > We know that rpm -qa | grep kernel-source works on Redhat, Fedora,
> > > > > > SuSE, Mandrake and CentOS - how about other RPM based distros? How
> > > > > > about debian based distros?. There doesn't seem to be a a single
> > > > > > conherent naming scheme.
> > > > >
> > > > > I'd really like to see a distro-agnostic way to retrieve the kernel
> > > > > configuration. /proc/config.gz has existed for soem time but many
> > > > > distros inexplicably don't enable it.
> > > >
> > > > /boot/config-`uname -r`
> > >
> > > What's the reason for distros to disable /proc/config.gz?
> >
> > what would be a reason to ENable it???
> > it's double functionality that does take memory away...
> >
>
> It sounds like there is in fact no distro agnostic way to retrieve the
> kernel config

/boot/config-`uname -r` goes a long way, and yes I'm ignoring the "but
users CAN clobber the file if they use enough violence against their
packaging system" argument entirely. That's just a bogus one.

Also... why would there really be a need for such a way? Not for
building anything for sure.... it's for the human. And the human seems
to just find it already (and again the boot file works well in practice
it seems)

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