Bug 30189 - Removing /usr/src/linux symlink makes installing kernel modules difficult
Removing /usr/src/linux symlink makes installing kernel modules difficult
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael K. Johnson
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2001-03-01 13:05 EST by Nick Triantos
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-01 13:05:54 EST
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Description Nick Triantos 2001-03-01 13:05:47 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux 2.4.0-test12 i686; en-US; 0.9)

The kerenl-source-2.4.1-0.1.9.i386.rpm package has replaced the traditional
/usr/src/linux symlink with a /usr/src/linux-2.4 symlink.  This makes it
quite difficult for a third party kernel module to find the kernel include

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Fetch NVIDIA_kernel rpm listed in URL field above
2.run:  rpm --rebuild NVIDIA_kernel-0.9-6.src.rpm 


Actual Results:  The build fails because the -I /usr/src/linux/include
no longer directs the compiler to the correct kernel include files. 
Instead the compiler fell back to the include files in /usr/include/linux
which are not suitable for building kernel modules.

Expected Results:  The kernel include files should be in
/usr/src/linux/include and the build should produce a new binary package
with a kernel module suitable for the user's machine.
Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2001-03-01 15:24:48 EST
The kernel includefiles for the currently running are ALWAYs at
/lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/include
this has been done by consensus of all the major kerneldevelopers in order
to make it easier for external open source modules to be compiled.
/usr/src/linux was just NOT a reliable way to find the currently running kernel.
This also works for Red Hat 7.0 by the way.

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