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Re: 2.6.11 kernel in sarge?



On Sat, 9 Jul 2005 17:00:34 +0100
Dave Ewart <davee@sungate.co.uk> wrote:

> 
> I needed a more recent stock version of the kernel myself when I wanted
> a Sarge system but my disk controller needed a newer kernel to avoid a
> critical bug.
> 
> Given the choice of:
> 
> A. Download the source for kernel.org and compile
> 
> -> No, kernel.org kernel source does not have Debian patches and as such
> may not behave as expected, and will need plenty of configuration;
> 
> B. Download the most recent source package from Debian and build it
> using make-kpkg
> 
> -> No, unnecessary.  And, in any case, you will probably need to go
> outside Sarge to get the source for the more recent kernel anyway!
> 
> C. Get the Sid kernel;
> 
> -> Yes.  Unlikely to break anything and it's quick and simple.
> 

If this method works for you, that's great. As I said before, at this
junction with Unstable and Stable fairly close in architecture you can get
by with using the pre-compiled kernel from Unstable. However I would be
concerned with incompatibilities later in the Unstable/testing cycle,
specifically with regards to GCC. Now that GCC-4 is moving into unstable,
you could run into problems trying to compile modules with GCC-3 in stable
on a kernel that has been compiled with GCC-4. IMHO it is better to add an
apt-src entry in /etc/apt/sources-list for unstable, aptitude install the
source for the Debian package you want, and use the Debian tools to
back-port the kernel. Again, if you feel comfortable installing the
pre-compiled kernel from unstable into stable you are free to do so, that's
the advantage of using Debian and Free Software in general.

Good Luck,
-- 
Bill Thompson
BillT@Mahagonny.com

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