Kernel Building and Patching
Yesterday I installed Debian on a laptop. I used the XFS ISO disk from
and then dist-upgraded to woody and installed pcmcia card manager pcmcia-cs
by picking "laptop" in tasksel.
I have a SMC 2632W wireless card, but it seems like the drivers installed
are old (the card works but runs very slowly). From a discussion on
debian-laptop I have orinoco_cs.c 0.09b and need version .11b.
So, it seems I need to build a new pcmcia-cs from sourceforge, and
linux-wlan from their site. (I tried to just dpkg -i the sid pcmcia-cs
.deb but that failed - insmod ds.o failed, and "no pcmcia driver in
I have two questions. One about what to download and how to apply patches,
and the second how to work with debian's package system.
First, I need to build an XFS kernel. I'm currently running
I've built kernels before, but started with a debian kernel-source before.
What's I'm not clear on is how to build the XFS kernel along with any other
additions/patches that I might have installed now.
Again, my current setup is from http://people.debian.org/~blade/XFS-Install/
It's been suggested that I use the JP patches at http://infolinux.de/jp/.
I don't really follow their instructions, and maybe that's because the
2.4.19-* patch set has had a version change???
The instructions at http://infolinux.de/jp/ say
Download 2.4.18 Linux kernel sources
Unpack into /usr/src/linux
But kernel.org has "2.4.19-rc1". Just substitute 2.4.19-rc1 in the JP
I'll use make-kpkg method to build and install the kernel.
My second question is about building the pcmcia-cs system from source. If
I'm building my own version of this package how do I prevent Apt from
overwriting? Should I apt-get remove pcmcia-cs first? Or place the
package on hold?
I find this stuff complicated enough -- and then throw in trying to
understand how it all fits in with debian is yet another worry.
Any other tips welcome.
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