Re: Buggy Kernel How-To?
From: Wolfgang Pfeiffer (roto_at_gmx.net)
To: debian-user-list <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 13:52:51 +0100
On Mon, 2003-12-08 at 17:28, David Z Maze wrote:
> Wolfgang Pfeiffer <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > So, in short, what I found by googling about for some time: The correct
> > way seems to be to put the kernel-source in my (non-root) home
> > directory, and then
> > cd /usr/src/
> > ln -s /home/<someuser>/kernel-sources linux
> > and then, as non-root, compile the kernel in
> > /usr/src/linux/
> > (And then forget about some of the stuff I read in the Kernel-HowTo
> > ?)
> I'd certainly believe that the Kernel-HOWTO isn't the best source of
> information for compiling kernels on Debian. "Unpack, build, and
> install everything as root" will *work* on every Linux out there, even
> if it's unsafe.
... another reason why I came here: One of the first things, IIRC, I
learned on Linux (on RedHat Linux then) was that the fact something
*works* doesn't necessarily mean it's right ...
> I'd look at the kernel-building documentation on
> http://newbiedoc.sourceforge.net/ (specific to Debian).
Thanks a lot: That seems to be exactly what I need currently ...
As as we're already at it: Here's what I found on Kernel-Builds for
The first document is on the very specifics of
the new kernel, i.e. what's new in it, caveats etc..
I found it on several URL's. The first one on
doesn't work at the time of this writing, but I hope they're back soon:
The following "article is targeted towards Linux users that are already
comfortable with compiling their own 2.4 kernels" [ - excerpt] One
could call it perhaps a "Kernel-2.6-HowTo"
I can't guarantee for the quality of the URL's I found ...
But I hope it helps anyway.
> None of my machines have a /usr/src/linux. I don't miss it. On my
> laptop I build kernels in /home/dmaze/src/kernel/kernel-source-$KVERS;
> my home desktop machine builds kernels for both itself and my firewall
> machine in /usr/local/src. Real root privileges are only involved in
> building the kernel when I install the kernel-image packages using
> dpkg and the subsequent reboot. :-)
> > The background to all this is that I tried to get the kernel sources as
> > non-root while being in /usr/src/<some.kernel.directory> with rsync:
> > Which, IIRC, isn't possible. A non-root doesn't have the permission to
> > download stuff to this dir, right?
> Add yourself to the 'src' group to get write access to /usr/src; the
> 'staff' group for /usr/local/src.
Thanks for the clarification.
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