[CentOS] Pre-built kernel 2.6.20 for CentOS 5?

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 15:04:16 UTC 2007

On Nov 14, 2007 9:52 AM, Holtz,Robert <Robert.Holtz at edwardjones.com> wrote:
> Just download the source code for whatever version you need and compile
> it yourself.  This isn't as painful as it sounds.

Yes, it really can be that painful and much moreso. Depending on how
it's built, all sorts of random issues will creep up. Anything from
not enough random data for ssh connections to function, to wtmp
failure for login records to application malfunction. We're not even
talking about future upgrades breaking because they rely on a
particular kernel rpm being installed (think iptables) or the complete
lack of upgrade path for security updates in the future. Rebuilding is
a BAD idea.

It's much more sane to simply try to backport the module.

You're welcome to rebuild your own kernel all you want. However it's
not 'recommended' advice. If it breaks, you get to keep all the

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

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