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Re: Help with kernel source installation

In chiark.mail.debian.devel, you wrote:

>Dear Charles,
>	Could you please describe the linux-wlan drivers in a bit more
>detail please. Can you give us a URL, are they proprietary modules, or
>do they come included with the kernel source? What brand, model?

They're an alterative set of drivers for Prism 2/2.5/3 chipset based
wireless cards. They're DFSG free and packaged in unstable.

>Paste the exact error message please. /usr/src/linux/.config isn't
>really relevant. .config is the file where make {config, menuconfig,
>xconfig} saves all the choices that one makes when deciding what to
>they want included or not as part of that kernel. The kernel-config
>file off the install media (or from /boot/config-$VERSION) is just a
>renamed copy of the .config that was used to compile the current
>running kernel for future reference purposes. So .config is unlikely
>to the cause of your compile difficulties.

Kernel modules need to be built against a kernel source that's
configured the same way as the current kernel. The original poster wants
to cp /boot/config-`uname -r` /usr/src/linux/.config and make oldconfig;
make dep before trying to build the linux-wlan modules. That'll result
in a kernel source that matches the running kernel.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org

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