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Can I create a kernel config file so updated kernels will have my changes?

asked 2014-01-13 21:41:26 -0500

PrestonTW gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 12:05:01 -0500

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I have built kernels before to provide support for my RTS5129 SD card reader, but I was wondering whether I could automate the process slightly. I use yum to get updated kernels--is there anyway to make the rpm package check a configuration file and then alter the package to include specific changes to the kernel? Or since the kernel is already packaged, is this not possible?

Any help is greatly appreciated! PrestonTW

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answered 2014-01-21 00:10:49 -0500

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updated 2014-01-21 00:11:05 -0500

As yum fetches only prepackaged binary packages, this would not be possible. Either you install a kernel via yum from a Fedora repository or you build the kernel yourself, and use "make oldconfig" to use an older .config for a newer kernel.

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A kernel needs to be built with the configurations, they aren't just picked up at runtime. Fedora provides built kernels. You can make rpms using the information provided here, though: However if a newer kernel version is installed, it'll become the default boot choice.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-01-21 03:16:43 -0500 )edit

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