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SubjectRe: patching the kernel
On Sunday 09 March 2003 04:11 pm, joe briggs wrote:
> My apologies for this question that is so basic to all of you,
> but can any of you please point me toward a howto or
> instructions for exactly how to 'patch a kernel'? For
> example, at, the latest stable kernel is 2.4.20,
> and is actually a patch. I currently use 2.4.19 under Debian
> and routinely rebuild & install it no problem. If I download
> a kernel 'patch', do I apply it to the entire directory, or
> the compiled kernel, etc.? Thanks so much.

I usually use these patch commands, as they make finding any
errors so much easier:

bunzip patchfile.bz2 ## or...
gunzip patchfile.gz

cd linux-2.4.x
## To see if the patch is actually going to work
patch -p1 --batch --quiet --dry-run < ../patchfile
## To actually apply the patch
patch -p1 --batch --quiet < ../patchfile

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