make buildkernel fails without complete source tree

Remko Lodder remko at
Thu Jan 18 09:57:32 UTC 2007

On Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 06:32:27PM +0100, Marc Ren? Arns wrote:
> Dear documentation team
> as opposed to the process meantioned here:
> it is not sufficious to have the kernel sources to build a kernel with
> # cd /usr/src
> # make buildkernel KERNCONF=GENERIC
> This results in the message
> # make: don't know how to make buildkernel. Stop
> The reason is that the Makefile in /usr/src is missing when getting the kernel 
> sources via sysinstall.
> Tested with 6.2 release.
> Even if it is a bug I think that as long as it is this way it should be 
> reflected in the handbook.
> Thank you for your great work!
> Regards,
> Benny


	This is not true. I downloaded the packages which are being used by sysinstall
	and extracted them. I found the Makefile, it was properly filled with instructions.

	That said; if this was the case, we would already be swampted with requests to
	fix this. Most likely your installation medium did not provide the src packages
	at all, or your download (if you used that) was corrupt or something.

	Thanks for the notice however!

	Best regards,

Kind regards,

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