Re: [vserver] Newbie Question on Kernel

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From: Sam Vilain (
Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 03:39:52 EDT

The first thing you should do is make sure you have the exact same
.config file as your working kernel.

Also make sure you have a stable gcc (2.95.x is best).

Once you have copied the .config to your freshly unpacked and
successfully patched kernel source tree, use `make oldconfig' to only
ask new questions - this should skip the majority of the questions.

If you have trouble finding the right .config, try getting the Red Hat
kernel source packages, they should have it.


On Fri, 16 Aug 2002 20:00:23 -0500
"Peter Kwan Chan" <> wrote:

> Well, the two that worked right away were Celeron 800 and Celeron 1300.
> The two that didn't work were Athlon 1 GHz (this one works after
> correcting a "driver problem") and Pentium 4 1.6 GHz (currently waiting
> for the tech to bring up the server). Of course, different versions were
> used. However, they are all pretty modern processors.
> They were not identical, but they were all using standard hardware (IDE
> drives) and all had a working Red Hat kernel before (7.2 or 7.3).
> I can't get serial access because the data center(s) that I am in
> doesn't support/offer it.
> I will try to custom-compile one, but I fear I may mess up (I am reading
> the kernel how-tos now). In the meantime, any other pointers/hints/ideas
> would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Peter
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Sladen []
> Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 5:56 PM
> To: VServer Patch List
> Subject: Re: [vserver] Newbie Question on Kernel
> On Fri, 16 Aug 2002, Peter Kwan Chan wrote:
> >
> > [...] Onetime a tech told me that it was "a driver" problem, and this
> > latest time the kernel "freezes at uncompressing kernel."
> Could be trying to boot a kernel compiled for a more recent processor
> branch
> than your hardware, eg. P4 kernel on a PII/III.
> Moral: Get a terminal server on the serial port and compile your own
> kernels.
> > All four servers were using standard hardware; there were nothing
> exotic.
> Are they all identical? Is there any hardware that is/isn't in the
> machines
> that did/didn't boot? (eg. 3ware RAID controllers? ;-)
> > Should I compile my own kernel instead? (I have never done it before).
> IMHO. Yes.
> -Paul
> --
> Nottingham, GB

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