logistics related to moving up to the 2.6.0-test kernel

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at mindspring.com
Sun Oct 5 11:35:51 UTC 2003

  from what i can tell, it's getting progressively easier to drop
in a 2.6.0-test kernel these days, so i just wanted to make some
observations and ask some questions in order to summarize the
process.  feedback always appreciated.

newer RPMs

  it appears that there's no longer any need to get newer (rawhide)
versions of things like modutils, initscripts, etc.  the versions
in fedora 0.94 seem to work fine.  does this sound about right?

USB support

  once upon a time, you would have wanted to edit the /etc/rc.sysinit
file and change the lines similar to:

    action $"Initializing USB keyboard: " modprobe keybdev 2> /dev/null
    action $"Initializing USB mouse: " modprobe mousedev 2> /dev/null

so that the module names were no longer keybdev and mousedev, but
were usbkbd and usbmouse.  now that doesn't appear to be necessary
anymore.  in fact, it *appears* that you can remove those two lines

  from running "make xconfig", it looks like all you have to do is
select "USB", then input device support, with which you get basic
mouse and keyboard support automatically.  i don't see separate
config options for mouse and keyboard, so i'm suspecting these
two lines can just be removed.  can anyone confirm/deny that?


  there are a number of other changes that can be made to this
file.  one is to change all occurrences of

  /proc/ksyms -> /proc/kallsyms

more to come later, particularly activating "sysfs".


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