compiling kernel

I am trying to reconfigure my system.
I have Slackware 96, and am a newbie to linux.
When I type "make config" i get, no rule to target (I need a makefile???)
When I use pkgtool to try to upgrade and install kernel source, nothing happens (Pkgtool will load, but selecting a choice just kicks me to the main menu)
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I have recently successfully compiled the kernel source under Slak. 96.  First, in order to use pkgtool, you must either use command line options,  or cd to the exact directory of your cdrom that contains the package you wish to install.  In the case of the kernel source, it may be easier to use setup and select the entire kernel source disk sets.  If you do use pkgtool while in the direc. containing the package, then you can select "install from current directory" and it will not kick you back out to the prompt.  If you use setup, you must first specify the source and target.  Be careful not to let it reformat your linux partition!  If you just answer "no" to that question if it comes up, all will be well.

After installing the kernel source, then compiling should be no problem, unless some other required pieces of the system are missing, like the program development disksets.  Make sure all the include file and libraries are installed for gcc and gxx.  Then to compile, cd to the /usr/src/linux-2.0.0 directory.  Here you should find a README that contains the release notes.  Follow it.  Your make commands should work if you are in this directory.

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