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Re: 2.4.18-newpmac kernel compile problems

Hi Kent,

I'm not sure about you first question, but I think (please anyone
correct me if I wrong) that at least some of the kernel headers are
generated at compile time. (In particular information regarding your
particular kernel configuration, and the like.)

For your second question: usually on Debian, kernels images are stored
in /boot (/vmlinux is just a symbolic link to the actual kernel you
boot). Under /boot, along with the vmlinux* files, you should find
config-* files (for instance config-2.2.19). Those are kernel config
files (plain text file with a series of option variables). If you want
to reuse one of them for a new compilation, copy it under the root of
your source tree with the name ".config". (Be aware that available
kernel options may and do change from version to version.) ".config" is
the file which is generated/modified by "make (x|menu)config".

To compile your kernel the debian way (i.e. with a beautiful deb package
that can be handled by dpkg -i), have a look at 


You can also find more info in
/usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/Kernel-HOWTO.gz (in Package doc-linux-text).



On Fri, 2003-05-02 at 19:48, kent collins wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am using the 2.4.18-newpmac kernel and cannot compile any additional 
> software (mac-onlinux, opera, nagios, etc.) because I cannot locate kernel 
> header files for this particular kernel.
> I have downloaded the 2.4.18 source code and can compile against that 
> header, but --of course? -- when I try to install and run the applications, 
> they complain that they were compiled for a different version.  I believe 
> that I am compiling correctly, just against the wrong headers.
> Can anyone suggest a method by which I can regenerate these header files?  I 
> am happy with the kernel and its functionality and would prefer not to have 
> to build a custom kernel, since I'm not positive of the exact components in 
> my PowerBook G3 Pismo.  (Okay, God's honest truth -- I've already tried 
> compiling my own kernel a coupla times and its always broken.  There ...)
> On the fairly high probability that I WILL have to recompile and reinstall a 
> new kernel, does anyone know how I can recreate the exact same configuration 
> options that came with 2.4.18-newpmac and which work so well?
> Thanks, in advance.  Kent.
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