Fedora custom kernels
This article describes how to make a custom kernel on Fedora Linux using the packaged kernel source provided by Fedora themselves. This is based on Fedora Core 3 but the process will be similar for newer releases.
Install the kernel source
- Download latest kernel SRPM (source RPM) from Fedora 3 Updates (or a local mirror)
- Install it:
$ sudo rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.12-1.1381_FC3.src.rpm $ sudo rpmbuild -bp --target=noarch /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/kernel-2.6.spec
You will find the source has been unpacked to /usr/src/redhat/BUILD/kernel-2.6.12
Update old config
$ cd /usr/src/redhat/BUILD/kernel-2.6.12/linux-2.6.12 $ sudo cp /boot/config-2.6.10-prep .config $ sudo make oldconfig
If you need to alter your config at all:
$ sudo make menuconfig
Generate binary RPM of kernel and modules
$ sudo make rpm
This will generate source and binary RPMs and tell you where it put them.
Install kernel RPM
$ sudo rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/kernel-2.6.12prep-1.i386.rpm
Generate an initrd if necessary
$ cd /boot $ sudo mkinitrd -v --builtin=sata_nv initrd-2.6.12-prep.img 2.6.12-prep
sata_nv is marked as builtin as it's now part of my kernel. Not sure why I have to specify this and I'm not investigating it because I loathe initrds like nothing on earth and will rebuild becks to not need one before I waste any time on that.
- Put the usual stanza into /boot/grub/menu.lst being careful that the default kernel is an old known-working one
- If everything went well, remove the old kernel(s)