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Kernel compiling question
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    Kernel compiling question

    I have 6 machines of various hardware configurations running a few distro's (Debian 2.2, RH 7.1, Slack 8 and Mandrake 8.1). I would like to keep the development tools on the one (firewalled) machine, so.......

    Are there any problems with compiling kernels on one distro for a machine running a different distro? Lets say HAL is running 'drake 8.1 (2.4.8 kernel), and Zen is running RH 7.1 (2.4.?). Assuming I select all the correct options, can I compile a kernel on HAL and then drop it into Zen?

    I'm going to have a look at Debian.org to find out about upgrading a 2.2 kernel to 2.4. If you know of any good how_to's on this, could you point me to it/them? Ta.

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    Re: Kernel compiling question

    hello,
    upgrading debian 2.2.x (potato) look here:
    http://www.fs.tum.de/~bunk/kernel-24.html

    yea - it is pretty common to build a kernel on one machine and transfer it to another. i think it it is in the kernel how-to.

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    Re: Kernel compiling question

    Its perfectly fine. In fact, how do you think binary packages are made

    Just make sure you compile for the weakest architecture you have. Meaning, if hou have a p1 p2 a p3 and a p4, you need to compile for a 586, not 686 (p1 wont work).

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    Re: Kernel compiling question

    pbharris - cheers, I did the upgrade as described at that site. I compiled a kernel, but it hangs at the SCSI card at boot. I'll have to try again. I kept the old kernel

    Schotty - gotcha.

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    Re: Kernel compiling question

    Since the kernel is staticaly linked (it has to be, how are you gonna load some shared thing befor you can mount a partition... )
    Its gonna be fine, just to build on one machine and transfer it to another.. I usualy use my dual PIII for compiling the kernel for my 486-66mhz firewall, imagine the load/compile-time it would have to take if I were to compile on it, plus the extra 120mb the kernel code itself is.. You won't find many 400mb HD with room for that, once you've installed OS+compiler..

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