slackware 12.1 questions

Steve Holmes steve at
Thu Aug 21 04:12:46 EDT 2008

Hash: RIPEMD160

I recall getting errors with failed kernels with version 12.0 so I
just manually copied the desired kernel images into my /boot directory
and rebuilt lilo.conf by hand.  That is, I manually edit my
lilo.conf's the way I want them in advance and then run lilo.  Worked
every time for me.  If installing from scratch, I would have to be
sure and manually copy the kernels, carefully review the file
structure of /boot and double check my lilo.conf.  It isn't all that
bad.  But there is geek and experience factor that helps me.  This
could surely be a pretty big problem for newbies to Slackware.

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 12:33:27AM -0400, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> The issues with slackware 12.0 not prompting for replacement of disk1 and 
> exploding when the /kernels/speakup.s directory cannot be found have been 
> made far worse in slackware 12.1.  Earlier I wrote about a workaround for 
> slackware 12.0 in which all packages that were checked starting with  
> [f,k,t,x,y] needed to be unchecked and installed later no longer works in 
> slackware 12.1.  You do get down to where the kernel copy is supposed to  
> happen but slackware 12.1 now errors out at that point and does not copy  
> any kernel automagically.  If an upgrade path is possible and anyone 
> doing this will need to take the exclude off of kernel* because slackware 
> has recompiled all kernels for slackware 12.1 including speakup.s and put 
> all of the security fixes into them that were current at the date of this 
> kernel's release.  The last time such a recompile was done was with  
> Slackware 7.0 at least by the people over at  Understand  
> this bad experience has happened multiple times over here and on every  
> occassion I had a talking install since I did include the proper speakup  
> parameters to make it happen for this synthesizer.  What happens after 
> the kernel fails to install is that it's also impossible to install lilo 
> since lilo needs as a prerequisite to have that kernel on that hard drive 
> living happily.
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