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xsilentmurmurx
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: I need help with upgrading my kernel Reply with quote

Hello everyone!

its been a while since ive posted on the forums!

I need some help with upgrading my kernel

I currently am running gentoo-sources 2.6.39-r3 and i would like to upgrade to the latest version. What steps should I take so I can keep my current kernel configuration and yet still upgrade to the newest version of the kernel without having to reconfigure the entire thing?

I know this is a n00b question, but for some reason I cannot find an answer in the handbook.

All help will be greatly appreciated!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xsilentmurmurx,

I believe make oldconfig should do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't bet on that. I'd open two terminal windows - one with old menucofig and one with new menuconfig - and take my time to go thru options.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are happy with your .config then I would copy it over and run make oldnoconfig.
I have had no trouble with it so far. There are a few who have experienced problems that they believe was caused by make oldconfig, but there are also many people on these forums who claim that it has worked as expected for them.

The one thing I would recommend is that you keep your current kernel around and have a second entry in your bootloader so if you new one stops working or does not work you can use the old one. I always have at least 2 kernels in my /boot.
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