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Re: kernel-sourcecode missing?

Paul Iadonisi wrote:

On Mon, 2004-11-01 at 00:44, Rodd Clarkson wrote:


It appears to me that there should be some sort of a comment about this

Agreed. I haven't checked, but I'll take your word for it that it's not in the current release notes.

IT should include the following:

* A statement that tells the user most things will compile without
needed to install the kernel-sourcecode now.  (This is why it was an
issue for me, and remained an issue until someone told me I no longer
needed it).

* A link to, or instructions on how to extract and prepare the source
from the .src.rpm file.

See https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=130754 for more info. Hopefully, it will be 'ready enough' for the release of FC3 to reference in the release notes.

The above mentioned document does a good job. Its nice and easy explained.
Unfortunatly the way of building the kernel is pretty strange/confusing and the installing of the kernel (using rpm) took quite some time to finish (around 5min which is way more than copying the files to the /boot dir and modify grub.conf). Maybe rpm is doing some dependency checking before installing the files(maybe it could be switch off to improve install time). If you are tweaking the kernel the turnaround time for compiling, installing and reboot is much slower than with standard kernel tar ball. A major setback in my mind.
Another thing I have had quite some problems building a new working kernel based on the souce code (v. 2.6.9-1.643). Everytime I try to run it I get Kernel Panic - Not Syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0) (ext2,ext3 is included). I build a similar kernel under Redhat 7.3 (same computer but kernel tar ball 2.6.9 from kernel.org) and there I did not have any problems making the kernel work. Well if someone have had the same problem and could help me solve the problem I would be greatfull.



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