[nSLUG] Kernel compile advice sought

Eugene Cormier eugene.cormier at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 08:10:07 ADT 2014

On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:31:52AM -0300, Mike Spencer wrote:
> I finally found a helpful developer. It looks like the solution to my
> touchpad problem (see earlier posts) lies in a newer kernel where the
> Microsoft "Precision Touchapds" spec is allegedly supported. 3.10
> does't support it, 3.16.x is said to do so.  And someone who contacted
> me about their own similar difficulty has installed 3.16 on a Debian
> system and has a working touchpad.
> But after reading the kernel source README, I'm still a little shakey
> on installing a newer kernel.
>     + The kernel README says there's an make option:
>      "make oldconfig"   Default all questions based on the contents of
>                         your existing ./.config file and asking about
>                         new config symbols.
>      In newly downloaded kernel source there *is* no ./.config.  Is it
>      correct that I can just copy /boot/config file that goes with my
>      current kernel into the root dir of the new kernel source as
>      .config in order to use "make oldconfig"?
> - Mike

Mike, there should be a .config file that is used for your distro
(slackware) and if you can find it, very often you can get it simply by
zcat /proc/config.gz > /usr/src/linux/.config

(remember to change /usr/src/linux/ to the path where your new kernel

from that point you can run make oldconfig, but I often just 'make
menuconfig' and then save


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