Build official Debian linux kernel

Comparing with ‘normal’ Linux kernel build, the ‘official’ Linux kernel build for each distribution is confusing and awkward. Debian 7.1 Wheezy may be friendly but still needs cautions. The good thing is you do not need to patch the original kernel with the Debian patches yourself. Have fun!

1. Get the official Debian kernel source pkg

apt-get source linux

This cmd will download the corresponding Debian kernel source pkg based on your current `uname -r`. After download the pkg, Debian pkg management will install the pkg into /usr/src. Moreover, the Debian patches would be patched automatically, which may be the best thing for official kernel build!

debian:/usr/src# apt-get source linux
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
NOTICE: ‘linux’ packaging is maintained in the ‘Svn’ version control system at:
Need to get 69.2 MB of source archives.
Get:1 wheezy/main linux 3.2.46-1 (dsc) [103 kB]
Get:2 wheezy/main linux 3.2.46-1 (tar) [65.9 MB]
Get:3 wheezy/main linux 3.2.46-1 (diff) [3,225 kB]
Fetched 69.2 MB in 6min 36s (175 kB/s)
gpgv: keyblock resource `/root/.gnupg/trustedkeys.gpg’: file open error
gpgv: Signature made Sat 08 Jun 2013 05:56:06 PM PDT using RSA key ID 95861109
gpgv: Can’t check signature: public key not found
dpkg-source: warning: failed to verify signature on ./linux_3.2.46-1.dsc
dpkg-source: info: extracting linux in linux-3.2.46
dpkg-source: info: unpacking linux_3.2.46.orig.tar.xz
dpkg-source: info: unpacking linux_3.2.46-1.debian.tar.xz
dpkg-source: info: applying debian/version.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying debian/kernelvariables.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying bugfix/all/kbuild-Fix-missing-n-for-NEW-symbols-in-yes-make-old.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying bugfix/x86/viafb-autoload-on-olpc-xo1.5-only.patch
dpkg-source: info: applying bugfix/all/cifs-fix-potential-buffer-overrun-when-composing-a-new-options.patch

debian:/usr/src# ll
total 67588
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root     4096 Jul 28 11:28 linux-3.2.46
-rw-r–r–  1 root root  3224676 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46-1.debian.tar.xz
-rw-r–r–  1 root root   103051 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46-1.dsc
-rw-r–r–  1 root root 65871748 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46.orig.tar.xz

2. Before you start the build, make sure you have some tools installed besides the ones needed by the ‘normal’ Linux kernel build…

apt-get install debhelper
apt-get install gcc-4.6
apt-get install xmlto
apt-get install filterdiff

3. Choose the arch for your machine and trigger the build only for that arch – to save time and storage!

fakeroot make -f debian/rules.gen setup_i386_none_686-pae
cd /usr/src/linux-3.2.46/debian/build/build_i386_none_686-pae
make menuconfig
cd ../../..
fakeroot make -f debian/rules.gen binary-arch_i386_none_686-pae binary-indep

debian:/usr/src# ll
total 349864
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root      4096 Jul 28 20:36 linux-3.2.46
-rw-r–r–  1 root root   3224676 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46-1.debian.tar.xz
-rw-r–r–  1 root root    103051 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46-1.dsc
-rw-r–r–  1 root root  65871748 Jun  8 18:56 linux_3.2.46.orig.tar.xz
-rw-r–r–  1 root root   6383274 Jul 29 11:50 linux-doc-3.2_3.2.46-1_all.deb
-rw-r–r–  1 root root    597596 Jul 29 11:00 linux-headers-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb
-rw-r–r–  1 root root  22920680 Jul 29 10:44 linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb
-rw-r–r–  1 root root 255994142 Jul 29 11:00 linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae-dbg_3.2.46-1_i386.deb
-rw-r–r–  1 root root   2942958 Jul 29 11:51 linux-manual-3.2_3.2.46-1_all.deb
-rw-r–r–  1 root root    200430 Jul 29 11:00 xen-linux-system-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb

4. Install the new kernel image and reboot the machine

dpkg -i linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb

debian:/usr/src# dpkg -i linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb
(Reading database … 184013 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae 3.2.46-1 (using linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae_3.2.46-1_i386.deb) …
Unpacking replacement linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae …
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.2.0-4-686-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub 3.2.0-4-686-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
Setting up linux-image-3.2.0-4-686-pae (3.2.46-1) …
Running depmod.
Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.2.0-4-686-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-4-686-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/pm-utils 3.2.0-4-686-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-update-grub 3.2.0-4-686-pae /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
Generating grub.cfg …
Found background image: /usr/share/images/desktop-base/desktop-grub.png
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-4-686-pae
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-4-686-pae

5. Trigger new build with certain code changes by deleting the build timestamp

rm debian/stamps/build_i386_none_686-pae_plain

6. Reference

About daveti

Interested in kernel hacking, compilers, machine learning and guitars.
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One Response to Build official Debian linux kernel

  1. daveti says:

    apt-get install filterdiff should be:
    apt-get install patchutils

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