[GLLUG] Basic Linux Question from a very young Newb

Melson, Paul PMelson@sequoianet.com
Thu, 7 Nov 2002 15:59:15 -0500

It's probably looking for the kernel source, the default location of
which is /usr/src/linux.  However, you may not have installed the kernel
source code when you installed Mandrake.  You can run `rpm -q -a | grep
kernel-source` to see if it's there.  If it returns something like
"kernel-source-2.4.19-16mdk" then it is installed.  If not, you'll want
to grab your Mandrake 9 CD and install the rpm file.  It will be in the
Mandrake/RPMS directory on the CD, and just run `rpm -i
kernel-source-2.4.19-16mdk.i586.rpm`.  Then retry compiling your driver.

Also, it's worth mentioning that Mandrake doesn't include source code
for any of their specialized kernels, such as 'secure' and 'linus2'.
This means that if you need to compile and/or run 3rd-party software
that requires access to the kernel source (typically to create a
module), you must run the standard Mandrake kernel version.  If you
compile with the Mandrake kernel source but are running the secure
kernel, for example, you'll get "unresolved symbol" errors when your new
module tries to load.  One downside to running the RedHat/Mandrake
distros.  Anyway, good luck to you, and welcome!


PS - This is *always* the right place to ask Linux-related questions.

-----Original Message-----
From: martin [mailto:mdcasa@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 3:43 PM
To: linux-user@egr.msu.edu
Subject: [GLLUG] Basic Linux Question from a very young Newb

I have been monitoring the list for the past few
weeks, and you guys and gals really seem to know what
you are doing.  I am still very new to the whole Linux
scene, and if this is not the right place to ask this
question, let me know.

I am running Mandrake 9.0 on a laptop.  It works
without any problems.  However, I am trying to connect
my linksys wireless connection.  I have downloaded the
prism2 driver set from Linksys, but can't get the darn
think installed.  When I run the ./Configure file it
asks me for the kernel location, and uses the standard
(default) location - I think so at least.  However, I
get an error message, and it will not configure.  So
needless to say, I can't even run Make.  I have
searched high and low for the kernel, and only found a
file called Linux-2.4.0 in the /etc path.  I am stuck.
 I am logged in as root, but can't seem to get this

Can anyone help (without laughing at me.)



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