What is the Difference?

Paul Howarth paul at city-fan.org
Thu Dec 15 15:52:17 UTC 2005

akonstam at trinity.edu wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 05:07:26PM +0530, Parameshwara Bhat wrote:
>>Hello List,
>>What is the difference between kernel-devel-*.rpm and kernel-*.src.rpm ?
>>Parameshwara Bhat
> I don't know if I will get this exactly right but I will give it a
> shot:
> 1. kernel-*.src.rpm - a source form of the kernel which can be
> compiled using rpmbuild to produce a particular binary kernel.

Yes. It can also be tweaked to build a custom kernel.

> 2. kernel-devel-*.rpm - gives you the modules to allow you to compile
> a customized kernel of that kernel version but tailored to your
> specific needs. 

No, the kernel-devel-*.rpm contains the header files etc. needed to 
build modules that will load when you're running the associated kernel 
(i.e. it's for building out-of-tree modules, not a customised kernel).


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