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Re: FLAME____ Why is the kernel source not included

Thanks Jakub, its good to hear a Redhat employee offering help. You also avoided being inflammatory, showing tremendous constraint -- I admire that.

I truly appreciate the module build advise - it benefits all of us. Thank you.

In regard to original my complaint (ignoring its cause; module compilation and default header paths), can you explain Redhat's reasoning for not including the kernel source *in* the distro? -- just for the sake of argument for someone wanting to do the usual.. slim down the kernel, or say, build special scsi drivers into the image. etc.

Yet you did also mention that kernel rpm *is* available; is that included on the main install disks - or would a user have to have network access, search for it, and check versions (which supposedly dont always jive from what another post mentioned about 2.6.9 inclusions)? Is the kernel-rpm placed somewhere on the add-remove app that I just didnt see (I checked under "development tools")?

Thanks for responding,

Jakub Jelinek wrote:
On Fri, Oct 15, 2004 at 08:30:39AM -0600, Ken Johanson wrote:

Actually Lew, your's was the least re-inflamatory response - but it too missed the point - that the kernel source needs to be included.

They are included, see kernel-2.6.*.src.rpm.

The "solution" mentioned earlier doesnt facilitate building custom kernel/module slices, and too many module providers *do* make against /usr/src/linux.

Its just community standard for the source to be provided, though not for Redhat.

The standard place for files needed to build third party modules
is /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build.  kernel.org kernels promote this location
for several years already.
To build 2.6 kernel modules, you just need to do:
make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd` modules
assuming current directory contains kbuild compatible Makefile and the
module you want to build.


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