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Re: make-kpkg, was: Getting PCMCIA to work?

I use make-kpkg to build several versions of a kernel, and this for me is
much simpler: edit Makefile and define Extraversion as the date, so today

If I made more than one version today I could extend it with .020901 or

This has several desirable consequences:
 1. I don't need to screw around with symlinks. Each kernel has a unique
name, and the boot loader knows it by that name. In the boot menu kernels
are shown in order from newest to oldest. 2. Each kernel has its own
/lib/modules tree and I don't need to worry about overwriting an old one
before I'm ready -- it's installed or removed along with its kernel. 3. I
use grub, so I have configured kernel-package to run update-grub whenever
I install or remove a kernel package.

I realize this isn't the Official Debian Way, but it works better for me.


On Sun, 9 Feb 2003 19:55:02 +0100
mi <Michael.Wordehoff@gmx.de> wrote:

> Since i started compiling different 'flavours' of the same
> kernel-version, i also use symlinks. In my case:
> in /boot:
> 'kernel' pointing to a subdirectory '/boot/kernel-x' where x  is a digit
>  'vmlinuz' pointing to /boot/kernel/vmlinuz-2.4.18
> 'System.map' poinitng to /boot/kernel/vmlinuz-2.4.18
> ( well this might be not necessary but else there's an ugly log)
> and in /lib/modules:
> '2.4.18' pointing to '2.4.18-x'
> So, what i have to do for make-kpkg is:
> pre install:
> unlink '2.4.18' to protect the actual modules, and
> post install:
> move the new 2.4.18 to 2.4.18-(x+1) and create a new symlink 
> move config-2.4.18, the kernel an System.map into
> a newly created subdir kernel-(x+1), and adjust the symlink 'kernel'.
> Or better, with a little script that also checks anything is alright and
> fiddles out what's to be done, change kernels with a single command
> 'kernel -5'.
> For the boot-menu, there are two more symlinks 'kernel-recovery' and 
> '2.4.18-recovery'.
> If i'd been a programmer, i would try to 'patch' make-kpkg to use a
> little config-file that contains paths and the used scheme and its
> patterns, to do all the 'handwork' for me, including safety checks. With
> options like to run dpkg immediateley after compilation has finished, to
> overwrite  existing dir's and to tell dpkg if it's lilo.config or a grub
> menu.lst - or to ask rather nothing at all, since the symlink system
> obsoletes editing those config files. 
> Ah, the config options could be overwritten by commandline.
> Next to think about would be how to hotplug the new stuff on the
> fly....;-)
> -- 
> micha.
> > 	Could you explain to me why you need more than two automanaged
> >  links? What kind of changes you do need to make? It would help to
> >  perhaps improve kernel-package if I could understand the motivation
> >  and assess the need for a change in behaviour.
> >
> > 	manoj
> btw. how is it expressed correctly, like above or rather symlinking from
> target to linkname ?
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