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Compiling a Kernel For A Debian VMware Guest June 20, 2009

Posted by ModelR in Everything LINUX.
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Using this guide here: http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_debian_etch

Also see this guide for extra info: http://newbiedoc.sourceforge.net/system/kernel-pkg.html

See this page here for tips on how to remove the old kernel: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/proper-way-to-remove-old-linux-kernels/

Please note the completed install the size of a minimal Ubuntu JeOS 9.04 system is around 486MB (info provided by using df within the VM)

Seeing as JeOS does not work on VMware Player (see this bug here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-jeos/+bug/185205)

I decided to configure a Debian Kernel using the JeOS Kernel config as a template, but without the PAE support.

Here are the changes I made to the kernel config that is installed in the Debian base system:

  • I loaded the JeOS Kernel config into menuconfig
  • Select Processor type and features
  • Scroll down to High Memory Support (64GB)
  • Change it to 4GB

Note: When I went through with the make command to compile the Kernel,  there was a period where I had to click through a lot of options.  I left them as default by just holding down the enter key until they all went through.

When I went through with the make I received this error: missing zlib.h, so I had to run this command:

sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev libssl-dev

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