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Create a custom linux-source-2.6.31 ubuntu 9.10 kernel

November 10th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

This is a quick and very dirty how to about building a custom kernel for ubuntu 9.10, it’s based on this how to.

First we make sure our system is up to date:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Now we install all needed packages:

sudo apt-get install linux-source-2.6.31 kernel-package fakeroot kernel-wedge build-essential \
makedumpfile build-dep linux linux libncurses5 libncurses5-dev linux-headers-generic

We unpack the source files to a custom directory in our home directory:

mkdir ~/src
cd ~/src
tar xjvf /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.31.tar.bz2
cd linux-source-2.6.31

We want to reuse the existing config:

cp -vi /boot/config-`uname -r` .config

Now you can customize the kernel:

make menuconfig

Then we can build it:

make-kpkg clean
fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd --append-to-version=custom-1 kernel-image kernel-headers

Ensure that frame buffer drivers are loaded:

echo vesafb | sudo tee -a /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
echo fbcon | sudo tee -a /etc/initramfs-tools/modules

Install the new packages:

dpkg -i linux-image-
dpkg -i linux-headers-
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  1. ionut
    February 11th, 2010 at 19:54 | #1

    Why do you need qt3 stuff for compiling the kernel? make menuconfig is text only.

  2. February 11th, 2010 at 20:04 | #2

    Yea it should work without them, I’ve removed the qt packages from the apt-get command.

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