Kernel Compiling Checklist, rev 3
akabi at speakeasy.net
Wed Apr 14 12:04:43 UTC 2004
On Apr 14, 2004 at 16:35, Matt Hansen in a soothing rage wrote:
>On Wed, 2004-04-14 at 12:24, Alexander Dalloz wrote:
>> Am Mi, den 14.04.2004 schrieb jludwig um 03:44:
>> > RPM installs packages. Make compiles (makes) them. Two totally different
>> > beasts.
>> > jludwig <wralphie at comcast.net>
>> Matt certainly meant not rpm (-i) but rpmbuild, to create a kernel rpm
>> which then integrates well to the whole RPM based system. At least that
>> was my implicit understanding of his comment.
>Yes, that is what I implied. Would replacing the last step, "make
>install", with "make rpm" be correct/adequate?
No. With 'make rpm' you would still have to install the kernel.
>As an idea to inquire
>more, I grep'd /usr/src/linux*/Makefile for "rpm" and the following is
> [helios at fc1 linux-2.4]$ cat Makefile | grep -i rpm
>RPM := $(shell if [ -x "/usr/bin/rpmbuild" ]; then echo
> else echo rpm; fi)
># RPM target
># If you do a make spec before packing the tarball you can rpm -ta
># Build a tar ball, generate an rpm from it and pack the result
>rpm: clean spec
> $(RPM) -ta $(TOPDIR)/../$(KERNELPATH).tar.gz ; \
>So it seems that the rpm target executes the "clean" and "spec" targets
>to create an rpm from a tar.gz'd kernel. Is this correct? Or is a "make
>spec" needed before the "make rpm". I'm not sure which step in the
>compilation process created the tar.gz archive, maybe I'll need to
>read/understand more of the Makefile; anyone care to explain?
'make rpm' would first run 'make clean' and then 'make spec'
before creating the kernel rpm.
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