Re: Upgrade kernel 2.4 -> 2.6
From: Michel Bardiaux (michel.bardiaux_at_peaktime.be)
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 14:09:03 +0100
Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> "!Falados" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>You probably should download the vanilla sources from kernel.org and
>>try to best fit the options in your .config file from the old one.
>>I've never trusted pre-packaged kernels, I always compile from source.
>>the new kernel family uses make && make modules_install... no need for
> OK, this is considerably mistaken. A 2.6 kernel *requires* a modutils
> package that supports the new /etc/mod*.conf packages. This is why package
> management tools are so nice, the RPM's or .deb's or whatever that are
> published usually list the dependencies.
>>Check around for some kernel HOWTOs if you need more info
> This is not just a new kernel, this is a major shift of functionality and
> toolsets. Definitely read the requirements listed in the kernel
This is one of my favorite pet peeves. When I tried to upgrade my debian
potato to sid, I discovered that it did *not* upgrade the kernel from
2.2 to 2.4. I found it strange (to stay polite) that the package mgt
tools shirked from helping me with the most dangerous and complex
upgrade task (or the 2nd most dangerous; upgrading X is always a little
like Russian roulette too...)! I havent tried woody-to-sid, and I'm not
keen on trying; easier to buy another system and install from scratch.
Which is a pity.
Mind you, I'm not a Joe-Six-Pack kind of user; I've been in IT since
1971, in Linux since 1996, and I've been a contributor (minor, but
still) to several open-source projects (lesstif, ffmpeg). But there are
simply too many packages for it to be a reasonable requirement that
people RTFM and be expert in *everything*.
-- Michel Bardiaux Peaktime Belgium S.A. Bd. du Souverain, 191 B-1160 Bruxelles Tel : +32 2 790.29.41