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by Graham Williams
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Install Kernel 2.4.20

Two IDE controllers (Silicon Image CMD680) were installed delivering disks /dev/hde, /dev/hdg, /dev/hdh, and /dev/hdj.

At the time of installing the CMD680 IDE controller chip kernel 2.4.19 was available as a Debian package but had did not recognise the IDE card on the motherboard. Kernel 2.4.20 fixed this, but was not released nor available for Debian. A kernel was compiled from source and patched up to 2.4.20-pre11. The default [].config (i.e., starting from no [].config file) was the starting point. Below is recorded the specific configurations added.

  # cd /usr/src
  # wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/linux-2.4.19.tar.gz
  # wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/testing/patch-2.4.20-pre11.gz
  # tar zxvf linux-2.4.19.tar.gz
  # cd linux-2.4.19
  # gzip -dc ../patch-2.4.20-pre11.gz | patch -p1 -N -F4
  # make menuconfig
    Processor type and features
        Processor family
    Block devices
        RAM disk support
        Initial RAM disk (initrd) support
    ATA/IDE/MFM/RLL support
        IDE, ATA and ATAPI Block devices
  # make-kpkg clean
  # make-kpkg --append-to-version -p4 --revision dha01 
              --initrd kernel_image
  # cd .. 
  # wajig install kernel-image-2.4.19-p4_dha01_i386.deb

This works just fine and all standard drivers (CDROM and NFS and EEPRO100) were included by default. The resulting kernel is quite a bit smaller that the kernels supporting lots of hardware (700K initrd cf 2.4MB and 56K modules cf 20MB)!

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