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SubjectRe: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery -- the elegant solution)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard B. Johnson" <>
To: "Marco Colombo" <>
Cc: "Linux Mailing List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: Aunt Tillie builds a kernel (was Re: ISA hardware discovery --
the elegant solution)

> The usr/src/linux/.config was the .config obtained off from Linus`
> tree, not something provided by RedHat so `make oldconfig` would have
> made a "standard kernel" like you download from
> Now, looking in /usr/src/redhat/../.., I find some patches that are
> impossible to use to patch the kernel to bring it up (or down) to
> the configuration used to build the distribution. The default
> configuration, before I "installed" the kernel sources was some
> empty directories of /usr/src/redhat/BUILD, /usr/src/redhat/RPMS,
> /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES, /usr/src/redhat/SPECS, and /usr/src/redhat/SRPMS.
> Now there were some patches and other files with no scripts and no
> way to actually use them to modify the kernel. I spent hours, putting
> them in order, based upon the time/date stamp within the files, not
> the file time which was something more or less random. I made a script
> and tried, over a period of weeks, to patch the supplied kernel with
> the supplied patches. Forget it. If anything in this universe is truly
> impossible, then making a Red Hat distribution kernel from the provided
> tools, patches, and sources is a definitive example.
> Then, to add insult to injury, the 'C' compiler provided would
> not create a bootable kernel. It was egcs-2.91.66. To make
> a bootable kernel, I had to install gcc-2.96. The list goes on.

Use the RPM - all of the instructions on what patches go in what order are
in the spec file. Or, you can simply copy the appropriate configuration file
from /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES to /usr/src/linux/.config, and do a "make
oldconfig; make dep; make clean; make install; make modules; make
modules_install". Voila, new kernel. Don't tell me this doesn't work because
I've done it myself.

Manuel A. McLure KE6TAW | ...for in Ulthar, according to an ancient
<> | and significant law, no man may kill a cat.
<> | -- H.P. Lovecraft

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