Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 76737
Instructions for building a custom kernel leave out a required step
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:47:57 EDT
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Description of problem:
On page 258 of the Red Hat 8.0 Customization Guide, the third paragragh is:
"If you want to use the settings of a default Red Hat Linux kernel, copy the
configuration file from the /usr/src/linux-2.4/configs directory to
/usr/src/linux-2.4/.config. Then, run the 'make xconfig' command and only make
the desired changes. Be sure to save your changes to the configuration file."
Because I had no desired changes, I did not run 'make xconfig'.
The next paragraph begins with:
"Other available methods for kernel configuration are listed below:"
Further down the page is item 6:
"6. After creating a /usr/src/linux-2.4/.config file, use the command 'make dep'
to set up all the dependencies correctly."
Somewhere between the third paragraph and item 6, a clear statement needs to be
added to tell the reader that it is insufficient to simply copy an existing
configuration file to /usr/src/linux-2.4/.config, but that one of the
xconfig/config/menuconfig/oldconfig targets *MUST* be updated also.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Read page 258 of the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Customization Guide.
Actual Results: Because I did not run 'make oldconfig' after copying a
configuration file to /usr/src/linux-2.4/.config, I could not update the
dependencies using 'make dep' without errors.
Please see bug report 75359 for the origin of this bug report.
Thank you for the help. I will look into the problem more thoroughly
and make sure it is documented clearer in the next version.
I added a sentence at the end of the third paragraph saying that you must
run make xconfig or equivalent before continuing. It will appear in the next