Problems building a new kernel

Dan Alderman d.alderman at
Sun Sep 26 10:24:59 UTC 2004

Apologies, I seem to have sent the message twice somehow.


On Sun, 2004-09-26 at 11:09 +0100, Dan Alderman wrote:
> Hi,
> Whilst trying to make the alps glide pad on my Tosh Sat Pro A10 work in
> Ubuntu by updating the kernel I have discovered what I think may be a
> bug in the existing kernel build system somewhere.  I thought I should
> post here and ask the experts (Herbert Xu?) before creating a new bug
> report.
> This is the procedure I used to patch and compile my new kernel (all as
> root).
> apt-get install linux-source- kernel-package.
> cd /usr/src
> tar xvfj linux-source-
> ln -s linux- linux
> cd linux
> zcat /usr/share/doc/xfree86-driver-synaptics/alps.patch.gz | patch -p1
> cp /boot/config- .config
> make-kpkg clean ; make-kpkg --append-to-version=alps --initrd kernel_image
> ... go for a swim ...
> dpkg -i ../kernel-image-
> Upon rebooting I seem to experience 2 problems.  Firstly the console
> framebuffer ceases to work.  I have vga=0x318 appended to my boot line,
> but I get a blank screen.  Everything still boots fine, and X works
> fine.  I noticed this error in my dmesg output:
> vesafb: probe of vesafb0 failed with error -6
> I have attached the entire dmesg to this message.
> Secondly, when I remove fb mode from boot and inspect the boot messages
> I get an error from hald which I don't get when using the stock kernel.
> [E] hald.c:199 drop_privileges() : drop_privileges: could not install
> capabilities; your kernel lacks capability support, therefore some
> features will not be available
> I thought perhaps this could be down to the patch that I used so I tried
> the above without applying a patch, i.e. rebuilding the stock kernel
> from source, I still get the same problems.  Any ideas?
> Thanks guys, great job :-)
> D.
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