Creating a Custom Kernel on Debian

Robert Spangler spangler.robert at
Mon Aug 4 23:14:32 EDT 2008

Oh wow.  Yeah, it's kind of odd.  It's un-Linux-like to do things behind 
my back like that and I find it to be extremely annoying.  I'm 
redownloading the kernel archive and am going to try it again to see if 
the same thing happens, but when I cd into a kernel tree and make 
mrproper, I expect it to start fresh.

luke wrote:
> I've been noticing a similar behavior with tarballs and 
> menuconfig, under Ubuntu, without kernel-package installed.
> Luke
> On Mon, 4 Aug 2008, Robert Spangler wrote:
>> That's what is weird - I did.  I used
>>  I'll
>> investigate it more later - maybe kernel-package is doing something funny?
>> Gregory Nowak wrote:
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>>> It sounds like you may be using the debian sources, since you
>>> mentioned a package. I know that it's normal for what you describe to
>>> happen when you do oldconfig, and you don't have a .config file in the
>>> kernel source directory, I've never heard of that happening with
>>> menuconfig, unless this is a debian thing like you said. What I wanted
>>> to mention, in case you weren't aware of it, is that you don't have to use
>>> the debian sources to build a custom
>>> kernel using kernel-package if you don't want to. I personally use the
>>> standard sources from
>>> Greg
>>> On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 10:34:23PM -0400, Robert Spangler wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Wow, this is odd!  I untared the linux- package, created a
>>>> symlink to it, called linux, and installed a git copy of Speakup to it.
>>>> When I go in and do make menuconfig, it tried to take settings out of  the
>>>> config file for my current kernel from /boot!  Then, I went to move  that
>>>> and it tried to take them from arch/x86/config or  whatever....What's
>>>> going on here?  Whatever happened to just plain  custom-kernel building?
>>>> LOL...Unless this is a Debian thing but I don't  recall reading about it.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Robby
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