Bug 590873 - Following instructions to build a custom kernel doesn't work
Summary: Following instructions to build a custom kernel doesn't work
Alias: None
Product: Fedora Documentation
Classification: Fedora
Component: docs-requests
Version: devel
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: eric
QA Contact: Fedora Documentation Project
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Reported: 2010-05-10 20:36 UTC by sarcastic.mannequin
Modified: 2010-05-14 20:56 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-05-14 18:47:18 UTC

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Description sarcastic.mannequin 2010-05-10 20:36:09 UTC
Instructions at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Building_a_custom_kernel for building custom kernel do not work.

I'm trying to build a custom kernel for Fedora 10.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Follow the instructions as given at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Building_a_custom_kernel. Copy new Kconfig(s) and copy some source files into the ~/rpmbuild/BUILD/kernel-2.6.$ver.new directory. Some source files are new and some are copied over existing source files.
2. Follow more instructions as given
3. Try to generate patch and perform "make menuconfig"
Actual results:

Patches are generated incorrectly and new options in new Kconfig files don't show in the kernel configuration menus.

Expected results:

Following the instructions as given should work.

Additional info:

Comment 1 eric 2010-05-14 18:47:18 UTC
It's a wiki so feel free to update the page as appropriate to make the instructions correct.

Comment 2 sarcastic.mannequin 2010-05-14 20:26:13 UTC
The previous comment is not really helpful at all.

If I had the knowledge to correct the documentation, I probably wouldn't have filed the bug report or I would have included suggestions and/or fixes in the bug report. Unfortunately I don't know how to build a custom kernel, hence the bug report as is.

"Incorrect documentation is often worse than no documentation."
  ~ Bertrand Meyer

Comment 3 Rahul Sundaram 2010-05-14 20:33:07 UTC
Fedora 10 is EOL and the documentation is focussed on currently maintained releases.  So it is not incorrect documentation.  You are merely using an outdated release and the process has changed since then.  

Documentation project is involved in maintaining the longer guidelines and release notes while anyone interested can sign up for a Fedora account and edit the wiki including creating new pages.  Hope that helps.

Comment 4 Piotr Drąg 2010-05-14 20:37:14 UTC
Maybe we should change the notice quoted below to mention that fact?

"Note these instructions *only* apply to Fedora 8 and later releases"

Comment 5 Rahul Sundaram 2010-05-14 20:52:12 UTC

Comment 6 Rahul Sundaram 2010-05-14 20:56:37 UTC
Note to reporter:  Feel free to post to the user list and ask for help if you are getting struck with anything in following the process as outlined in the wiki.  Although I haven't verified it against the older releases, it wouldn't have changed much. 


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