Compiling and installing the kernel.

V V vvatwork at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 04:39:41 BST 2008


Hi Jayson,

My main aim is to write device drivers. I am trying to set up everything
else before really getting into writing a real device driver.

Thanks a lot for pointing the information. I will go through that mail list
and try on my Laptop.

Regards,
VV


On 4/23/08, Jayson Rowe <jayson.rowe at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, 23 Apr 2008, V V wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> > I am new to Linux Kernel. Trying to understand and get into.
> > I have a Dell Vostro 1500 and I installed Ubuntu 7.10. Except Wirelss
> > connectivity everything is working fine.
> >
> > Now I want to compile the linux kernel and boot with the new compiled
> > kernel.
> >
> >
> >   1. I installed the source code,
> >   2. Used the "make gconfig" to configure it. I did not do any changes
> >   int the configuration. But saved the file .
> >   3. compiled it with make.
> >   4. changed the /boot/grub/menu.lst file accordingly. ( I have changed
> >   only the vmlinux part, But I do not know what to do with initrd.etc..)
> >   5. After the reboot, grub gives me the option for the newkernel. But
> >   when I boot with that, it stops after the Ubuntu logo appears.
> >
> >
> > Is there any documnet which clearly specifies all the steps that I need
> to
> > take to get this working?
> > Is there any basic config file for vostro 1500? Is there anything wrong
> I am
> > doing in creating a config file?
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > VV
>
> What exactly were you trying to get out of re-compiling the Kernel -
> especially given that you did not change any options?
>
> Usually one should only re-compile the Kernel if they have a VERY specific
> purpose to do so - the Ubuntu Kernel team does a great job on our kernels.
>
> Anyway - here's the best how-to I've ever found on re-compiling a kernel
> for Ubuntu:
>
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=311158
>
> Hope this helps...
>
> -jayson
>
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