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From: Thomas Flavel <thomasfl@...>
Subject: Re: kernel compile on install
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 05:42:07 +0000 (GMT)
On Mon, 8 Jan 2001 drobbins@g.o wrote:

> On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 03:05:12PM -0700, drobbins@g.o wrote:
> > > Hmm, I recall asking if rc3 could have gcc and the kernel source 
> > > available from the boot cd - I see the kernel source code is in the
> > > packages directory, but I think there may have been a
> > > mis-communication... I actually meant that gcc be executable from
> > > boot.img so that a kernel can be compiled directly from the boot cd
> > > (onto ramfs presumably, unless you mount anything else) without having
> > > to install anything to a hard disk - I for one would find this very
> > > useful, and I'm surprised I haven't seen any other distros do this.
> > > Comments please
> > 
> > I think that's impossible right now, since the kernel sources need to be
> > on a read/write filesystem.  However, I believe that this is changing with
> > the official 2.4.0 release (or some time soon), which will allow the sources
> > to reside on the CD.  Then, it'll be possible.  Otherwise, you'd need ~150Mb
> > of spare RAM just to hold the upacked kernel sources in a RAM filesystem.
> Now that I think of it, this should be possible with a chroot to /mnt/gentoo
> after the base system has been installed.  The kernel could then be compiled
> and installed quite easily.  We'll need to test it out -- I hope it works :)

Great, thanks both - I'll let you know how I get on... oh, and if I
remember correctly the k6 should be able to run pentium pro code.

- Tom

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-- drobbins
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