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RE: Basic question on debian kernel versions

Well. I have tried everything possible to avoid updates. But no matter which CD I install from I always land up in same version of kernel (6.0.4). The alternate way is for me to get linux-kernel source package for the version I need to use and re-compile the kernel and build the driver against it.

But what is the best way to know the which is kernel source package for given version of debian?


-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Hutchings [mailto:ben@decadent.org.uk] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:54 PM
To: debian-kernel@lists.debian.org
Subject: RE: Basic question on debian kernel versions

On Wed, 2012-04-18 at 07:13 -0700, Sarveshwar.Bandi@Emulex.Com wrote:
> I installed  linux headers in both my installations (one of which I 
> installed using 6.0.0 cd and other using 6.0.4 cd)  using apt-get 
> install and  dpkg --list shows  same output on both the systems:
> root@debian:~# dpkg --list |grep headers
> ii  linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686           2.6.32-41squeeze2                 Header files for Linux 2.6.32-5-686
> ii  linux-headers-2.6.32-5-common        2.6.32-41squeeze2                 Common header files for Linux 2.6.32-5

This is because the installer automatically installs updates by default.

> When I build driver against the two versions  the modinfo output is 
> identical.

Yes, because you used exactly the same package versions.  If you really want to test Debian 6.0.0, you have to tell the installer not to install updates.

> So I am back to the question:
> How do I know which driver was built for which version of debian?

Unfortunately, I don't think there is an obvious way to distinguish modules built against different versions of the same linux-headers-<kversion> package.

> And even more basic question, how do I know which version of kernel I 
> am running now?

cat /proc/version


Ben Hutchings
This sentence contradicts itself - no actually it doesn't.

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