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Hi.  I'm using Mandrake 10 on a server here and i'd like to upgrade the kernel.
the kernel i'm using is Linux version 2.6.3-27mdk
i'd like to upgrade to at least 2.6.5 though.  i think mandriva (mandrake) has quit supporting version 10 and i haven't seen any compiled kernel above what i am already using.  i'd like to know if there is a way to check and see if there is at least a 2.6.5 kernel compiled for me to use that was compiled for mandrake 10 and if not what the best way is to compile the kernel for the server i have.  Also, if the kernel has problems after upgrading, how difficult would it be to just go back to the kernel i have now that is running ok.
thanks again!
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Here is a document on recompiling your kernel, have fun and be careful.

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/IBM7248-HOWTO/kernel.html
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right.  yea, i'm familiar enough with recompiling and whatnot.  i guess i was more interested in seeing if there were a place that had a 2.6.5 kernel precompiled for me :) hehe.  guess not.  my only real conern is with a failed kernel so basically i have all of my old kernels and if this new compiled kernel fails in some way, how difficult is it to simply load the previous kernel and continue operations as normal.  i guess that's the main question!
thanks!
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This isn't a problem at all, Lilo and Grub will both let you boot more than one kernel, just recombile your kernel, then copy it to your boot directory under the name vmlinuz-2.6.??.? or whatever. Then add a new entry to lilo or grub pointing to this kernel image. If it doesn't load just reboot and select your old kernel its that simple.
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ahh great.  do you know if there is a good UDF packet writer for linux?  what i desire to do is provide a quick easy way to backup some things quickly on a CDRW or DVD+RW using UDF packet writing and some encryption software which requires kernel 2.6.5!  I also wonder how my current setups like apache, php, mysql will run on the newly compiled kernel
Thanks!
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Try this, and yes apache, mysql, and etc should all still work with newer linux kernel's. The only thing you have to watch for is changes in driver technology, specifically wireless cards, sata, and other newer technologies. Make sure your kernel is compatiable with this. Most of the time it's not an issue, but just use google to verify.

http://packet-cd.sourceforge.net/
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cool.  i'm going with 2.6.16 and here's the thing, it shows under "file systems" in the kernel setup that UDF has an
(M) in that option.  modules i suppose?  wonder if i must install some module to get it to work?  not sure.  i'll check the link above.  i'm in /usr/src/linux-2.6.16.  will the compiled image be also in /usr/src or in linux-2.6.16 somewhere?
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