leco leco - 1 month ago 19
Linux Question

make modules_install restarts configuration process

I am trying to compile a Linux kernel version (linux-2.6.32.60) for my Debian machine.
The first step was to create a configuration file (.config) by typing:


make xconfig


Once the configuration file was created, I simply ran make, to build the image kernel and modules. Up to that point no problem.

However, when installing the modules (.ko files), I type:


make modules_install


which instead of installing the newly compiled modules, brings a command line configuration setup, which is incorrect (the configuration file was already created).

Any ideas what is causing the configuration to be restarted?

Regards.

Answer

The issue was caused because of a development environment variable in my O.S setting ARCH to be i386 (that was required for running some infrastructure in our office). Since my kernel runs in a 64-bit processor and xconfig relies on a variable with the same name, the resulting .config file was being generated for a 32-bit architecture, and so was the whole compilation process. In the end, this was causing the installation error (which is indeed expected).

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