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SubjectRe: Questions about Kernel 2.4.0.*
Peter Samuelson wrote:
> Many people limit their e-mail messages to 80 columns. What for?
CF'mon, linebreaks are bloat! Those extra characters all around :-)

> The 'build' symlink is to make it easier for external module
> installation scripts to find the build directory for a given kernel.
> This build directory, in turn, will yield the correct header files,
> correct .config, correct compiler flags, etc., all of which can be
> important for building a working module.

I hope 2.4.0 then does that better than 2.2.17:

$ ls /lib/modules/2.2.17*/build -l
/lib/modules/2.2.17/build -> /usr/src/linux
/lib/modules/2.2.17i10-0001/build -> /usr/src/linux
/lib/modules/2.2.17i8-0001/build -> /usr/src/linux
/lib/modules/2.2.17i8-0002/build -> /usr/src/linux
/lib/modules/2.2.17i8p2/build -> /usr/src/linux

though in all cases /usr/src/linux was only a symlink to the
corresponding tree in /usr/src/Linux/2/2/17/...
Should that not be first converted to paths that contain no symlinks?


Marc Mutz <>
University of Bielefeld, Dep. of Mathematics / Dep. of Physics

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