[Techtalk] Trying to patch the kernel...

Rudy L. Zijlstra rudy at edsons.demon.nl
Sat May 31 21:31:00 EST 2003


It looks like you have only installed the kernel headers. You have to 
install the kernel sources as well :)
Generally speaking you have 2 routes:
-1- get the kernel.org (the 'vanilla' kernel)
-2- get the most recent kernel sources from your distro.

Whereas I have no clue as to which distro you are running, and the 
commands to get the most recent sources vary from distro to distro (also 
I have no recent experience with RedHat, which seems to be widely used), 
I'll limit myself to the kernel.org version.

- point you browser to www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4
- download the most recent (currently 2.4.20) stable kernel. Either in 
gz or bz2 format
- go to /usr/src and do:
   tar xzf <downloaded image>
   tar xyf <downloaded image>
tar xzf if in gz format.
After that you'll have the patch again.

Good luck,


Sara wrote:

>I tryiing to apply an ACPI pacth to my kernel, but I not going too far :(." 
>I've been reading some doc (including the linuxchix course on kernel hacking) 
>but ...
>I've done already "patch ...." and I think that's OK. But I'm trying now to 
>configure the kernel, so I've tried   "make menuconfig" and "make xconfig" in 
>my /usr/src/linux directory, but that gives me the error: "make: *** No rule 
>to make target `config'.  Stop." Same with xconfig. 
>What I'm doing wrong? (Maybe the question would be if I'm doing something 
>right ;))
>The contents of my linux directory are: Documentation  include 
>(in case that info could be useful)
>I'm not suprised at the error, because there is no file to make, but in all 
>the doc I've read it says to do make in this directory. Is some file missing? 
>Have I misread something?
>I'm quite a newbie, as I guess tou can gues... :)
>Thanks in advance,
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