[CentOS-devel] Re: Kernel used on installation media.

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Sat Feb 24 00:26:38 UTC 2007

Ray Van Dolson spake the following on 2/23/2007 4:18 PM:
> On Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 12:06:03AM +0000, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>> Ray Van Dolson wrote:
>>> Hi all, I hope this is not too off topic.  I've searched the -devel 
>>> archives,
>>> but haven't found clear-cut information on this, so thought I'd ask.
>>> I am trying to determine the kernel configuration used to build the kernel
>>> used on the installation media (CD #1 or the vmlinuz/initrd.img files in 
>>> their
>>> respective images/boot.iso or images/diskboot.img files).
>>> My guess is the kernel configurations are not identical to the ones 
>>> ultimately
>>> used to build the kernels used on the system once it is up and running....
>>> I ask because I am interested in rebuilding the kernel used on CD #1 to 
>>> boot
>>> into the installer.
>> look in the distro tree : 
>> http://mirror.centos.org/centos/4/os/i386/CentOS/RPMS ( eg, for the i386  )
>> the kernel-2.6.9-*.<i686|i586>.rpm are the ones used for the installer, 
>> each contain a .config file which will give you the config file used at 
>> build time for that kernel rpm.
> K, so just the same kernel then that's used on the OS.  That makes it fairly
> straightforward.
>> Why do you need to rebuild the installer kernel ? doing DriverDisks for 
>> some piece of non-supported-by-default-hardware isnt hard.
> Well, the driver is an updated ata_piix and libsata driver for the ICH8
> chipset.  Neither Intel nor Dell appears to have a driver for download on
> their page.
> jbaron's beta release of the -48 kernel for RHEL4 includes driver support for
> it, but obviously the .ko's in his kernel are for the -48 kernel.  I would
> either have to backport the driver to the kernel used on the U4/CentOS install
> CD's or update the kernel on those CD's to be -48 and work with the new
> drivers out of the box.
> I haven't taken a stab at backporting these drivers into the current stable
> kernels (and kernel used on the boot CD), maybe that would be easier...
See if you can get a src rpm. He probably added that patch the "approved"
RedHat way, and it should be in the src rpm. You could add it to the current
src and check at what point the .spec file adds that patch. Then just build
and see.


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