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3.2.3. Compiling Linux 2.0.x Kernels

Please see Section 2.8 for any required software, patches, etc.

  • First of all, you need the kernel source for 2.0.x (preferably the latest kernel version)

    • As the 2.0.x train progress, the compile-time options keep on changing. As of this version, this section reflects the settings for a 2.0.39 kernel.

  • If this is your first time compiling the kernel, don't be scared. In fact, it's rather easy and it's covered in several URLs found in Section 2.8 . Please note that the instructions included here is just one way to do build a kernel. Please see the Kernel HOWTO for full details.

    NOTE: Please notice that it isn't recommended to put the new kernel sources into /usr/src/linux. You should leave the original kernel sources that came with your Linux distribution in /usr/src/linux. For more details on this topic, please read the "README" file in the top level directory of your kernel sources.

  • For this HOWTO example, create a directory called /usr/src/kernel . Next, "cd" into this directory and download the newest 2.0.x kernel sources into it. Once downloaded, issue the following command: tar xvzf linux-2.0.x.tar.gz . Please substitute the "x" in the 2.0.x filename with the Linux 2.0 kernel version you downloaded.

    Once uncompressed, I recommend that you rename the directory from "linux" to "linux-2.0.x" for clarity. To do this, run the command mv linux linux-2.0.x . Next, make sure there is a directory or symbolic link pointing to /usr/src/kernel/linux ie. run the command: ln -s /usr/src/kernel/linux-2.0.x /usr/src/kernel/linux o again subsituting the "x" for your proper kernel version.

  • Apply any appropriate or optional patches to the kernel source code. By default, stock Linux kernels do not require any specific patching in order for the system to work. Features like IPPORTFW, PPTP, and Xwindows forwarders are optional but very useful. Please refer to Section 2.8 for URLs and the IP Masquerade Resources for up-to-date information and patch URLs.

  • Now that the kernel is patched up (if required), here are the MINIMUM kernel configuration options required to enable IP Masquerade functionality. Please understand that this HOWTO illustrates just ONE way to compile a kernel. The main difference from this method vs. a different one is some people wish to compile things either as modules OR monolithically right into the kernel. Basically, compiling things as modules gives you added flexibility to what is or isn't installed into the kernel (reduces unneeded memory use and allow for drop-in upgrades [no need to reboot]) BUT they add more complexity to your configuration. On the flip side, compiling things directly into the kernel makes things simpler BUT you loose a level of flexibility. The following example is a mixture of both built-in AND modules.

    Side Note: It is assumed that you will also configure the kernel to use your other installed hardware such as network interfaces, optional SCSI controllers, etc. as well. Please refer to the Linux Kernel HOWTO and the kernel source's "README " file and "Documentation/ " directory for detailed help on compiling a kernel.

Please note the YES or NO ANSWERS to the following options. Not all options will be available without the proper kernel patches described later in this HOWTO:

Run the following commands to configure your kernel:

  • cd /usr/src/kernel/linux

  • make

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