FLAME____ Why is the kernel source not included

Stuart Sears stuart at sjsears.com
Sat Oct 16 00:22:07 UTC 2004


On Sat 16 October 2004 01:03, Gene Heskett wrote:
<snip>
> That is _precisely_ the point.  Why should anyone who wants the src
> have to dl the src iso's at 670MB each until he finds the one the
> kernel srcs *might* be in.
One of the main arguments on this thread has been that you categorically do 
*not* need to do this. After all, one of the first things you *should* do 
after an install is make sure that you have updated your system so that it is 
patched and as secure as possible at that point. This will often involve a 
kernel update, and at this point any included kernel-source rpm becomes 
useless to you.
in any case, whether you choose to do this or not, all you need to do to get 
the kernel source for your current kernel version is:
up2date --get-source kernel-version
or to update the kernel *and* download the appropriate sources:
up2date -u --src kernel
(apologies for any typos, it's late here. man up2date willl help)
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[root at behemoth root]# up2date --get-source kernel
http://fedora.redhat.com/download/up2date-mirrors/fedora-core-2
using mirror: 
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/fedora/linux/core/2/i386/os/
http://fedora.redhat.com/download/up2date-mirrors/updates-released-fc2
using mirror: http://ftp.dulug.duke.edu/pub/fedora/linux/core/updates/2/i386/

Fetching all package list for channel: fedora-core-2...

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Fetching all package list for channel: updates-released-fc2...

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Fetching package list for channel: fedora-core-2...

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kernel-2.6.8-1.521.src.rpm...
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> Thats extremely counter-productive when an extra 50 megs on disk 2, or
> on the currrently 2.4GB dvd iso (see?  2.2+GB spare space left over,
> plenty of room for the kernel srcs I'd think) and the whole squawk
> becomes moot with at most an extra few minutes of dl time in the
> first place.  
and on your next update?
> Of the 3 linux boxes I have here, precisely one is 
> running a default fedora 2 kernel and its not this one. 
so, out of interest, what is it exactly that the default FC2 kernel does not 
provide you with that you need?
how do you keep up wiht kernel security errata?
patch and rebuild?


Stuart
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Stuart Sears RHCE, RHCX
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