Building modules: missing scripts/basic/Makefile

Manavendra Nath Manav mnm.kernel at
Sun Jun 5 23:32:27 EDT 2016

Hi Steven,

On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 12:14 AM, Steven Laabs <swlaabs at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to build my first kernel module but when running the makefile, make tries to use a file at /usr/src/linux-headers-3.16.0-4-common/scripts/basic/Makefile which gives me the "No such file or directory" error. I've looked into the folder it is referencing and it  does not have any Makefile, the only file in that location is the fixdep executable. The scripts folder itself is linked to ../../lib/linux-kbuild-3.16/scripts.
> The Makefile I am using (located in a folder in my home directory):
> obj-m = hello.o
> KDIR ?= /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build
> all:
>     make -C $(KDIR) M=$(PWD) modules
> clean:
>     make -C $(KDIR) M=$(PWD) clean
> I'm not quite sure where to look for this Makefile as I believe I have all of the proper headers installed, and I am running everything with the proper permission level.
> Any ideas on what I may be missing here?
> Thanks,
> Steven

You should use "+=" and not "="
-- obj-m = hello.o
++ obj-m += hello.o

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