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Subjectmissing symbols with depmod - how to solve this?
Hi all,

I have recently been plagued with the problem of depmod complaining of
missing symbols after a kernel compile - and I am completely stumped as
to what is causing this.

- I confirm that no pre-existing /usr/src/linux or /lib/modules/2.2.17
directories exist.
- I download and unpack a virgin v2.2.17 kernel into an empty
/usr/src/linux directory.
- I compile the kernel with the following commands:

make menuconfig ; make dep ; make clean ; make bzImage ; make modules ;
make modules_install

- The compile ends successfully without any errors.
- I copy the resulting bzImage and System.map files to the /boot
directory, renaming them System.map-2.2.17 and vmlinubz-2.2.17
respectively.
- I run

depmod -m /boot/System.map-2.2.17 -a 2.2.17

And I get this:

[root@jolanda /root]# depmod -m /boot/System.map-2.2.17 -a 2.2.17
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_koi8-r.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-15.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-14.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-9.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-8.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-7.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-6.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-5.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-4.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-3.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-2.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_iso8859-1.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_cp950.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_cp949.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_cp936.o: unresolved symbol(s)
/lib/modules/2.2.17/fs/nls_cp932.o: unresolved symbol(s)
[hundreds of lines snipped]

If I ignore the above, configure LILO with the new kernel and reboot,
the same problem happens when depmod -a runs during startup. The system
is a Redhat Linux v6.1 system.

Has anyone any idea what on earth is causing this? I have been trawling
the internet for a solution to this problem, but in all the
documentation depmod is supposed to "just work" and in my case it "just
doesn't".

Anyone encountered this before?

Regards,
Graham
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