I tried using make-kpkg kernel_image and module_image. Afterwards I found no
/lib/modules/2.4.18/modules.dep and I found no initrd image. The kernel
would not bootup. I got the source from the 2.4.18 kernel source package -
not from kernel.org.
I was successful installing the kernel-image-2.4.18-k7 package prior to this
kernel building experience.
I tried running depmod -a and mkinitrd to solve the problems above - to no
After spending many hours trying to use make-kpkg, I went to the kernel HOWTO
and did everything manually. I got a kernel panic - which I googled on and
called someone about - and eventually learned how to ditch using the initrd
thing by embedding IDE drivers and ext2fs into the kernel build. I now am
running a custom 2.4.18 kernel with quite a bit fewer modules - so everything
is good - except for the nagging question of why I couldn't get make-kpkg to
Can anyone help me understand the problems I had with with the modules and
the initrd when I used make-kpkg? I used these resources to guide me in