[ale] Kernel Upgrade question
James P. Kinney III
jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Sat Jan 26 08:20:58 EST 2002
Michael's right about the added patches. You have to be careful that all
the functionality needed is in the new kernel. ext3 is a great example
of RedHat adding a (very useful) feature before it's adoption into the
mainstream kernel sources.
Right now, I can't do another RedHat upgrade without a lot of prep work.
I installed the 7.1 with SGI XFS patches. My entire system is XFS.
Earlier, RedHat had added some usb patches in a shipping kernel that had
not been merged in the linus tree. Result- download a kernel.org source
and it won't talk to your usb stuff. Add the patches from the usb group
and it still won't work. Dig it out of the RedHat kernel.src.rpm and
For someone who REALLY wants a test of their rpm package management
skills, the kernel.spec file is a real teeth-grinder.
On Sat, 2002-01-26 at 00:02, hirsch at zapmedia.com wrote:
> James P. Kinney III writes:
> > The best solution is to download the
> > kernel-brand-spanking-whateveryouwant.tar.bz2 and unwrap it in /usr/src.
> > It will overwrite an existing linux directory, so you've been warned. If
> > you have the kernel header from RedHat, I think it includes the
> > linux.config file. If so, copy it to the new linux directory and make
> > old-config. take the defaults for all the new stuff then run make
> > xconfig, make menuconfig.
> The problem with this is that RedHat has reasons for providing a
> patched kernel. For instance, then put ext3 in their kernel before it
> got into the standard kernel. If you compile from the standard tree
> you might end up with a less functional kernel.
> I think if you start with the "ac" kernel you will be closer to a
> RedHat kernel.
> I say this, but I've always done what Jim suggests, too.
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