Help with Kernel Build > Installer and Rescue CD

Henrique Rodrigues henriquesilvar at
Fri Jan 11 14:48:45 EST 2013

What exactly you want to do? If you just want to learn linux, I'd recommend
you to try installing Gentoo ( using its Handbook:

I believe it is a valuable step-by-step basic guide on how to install
gnu/linux and understand how it works (not only the kernel, but the entire
system) from scratch.

--Henrique Rodrigues

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Tushar Dave <tushdev at> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM, Ganesh B <ganeshsurfs at> wrote:
>>     Hello,
>> Building a install-able build for linux Kernel, that is it.
>> I have done these:
>> $ make help
>> $ make ARCH=x86 defconfig <<<This is incorrect you need to give a
>> defconfig file name example for arm the configs are in
> KERNEL_SOURCE_TREE/arch/arm/configs
>>     $ make ARCH=x86 << once the config is done properly you dont need to
>> give the ARCH option
>> $ make ARCH=x86 module_install
>> gave error nothing to make
>> $ make ARCH=x86 install << command is *make modules_install install*
>> gave error lilo needs to to be installed.
>> The kernel is built (for all processor types along with multiprocessor
>> support as well), vmlinux.iso and bzimage.iso is there, the libraries are
>> built, modules need to be configured though with grub/ lilo. Will get Lilo
>> installed or a grub creator (what do I use for this?). << I use grub
>> because on giving make modules_install install the grub gets updated
>> automatically
>> /boot, /kernel, /library, /.... are there. I do not have /bin, /usr, /etc
>> folders in this. Am I missing something or will that be built during the
>> process.<<<<< You are compiling a kernel the /kernel, /boot are part of
>> your kernel source code directory and /usr, /etc ,/bin are part of the file
>> system
>> Can someone help me with the steps and syntax's just ahead step by step
>> (like above) further to make a Installer CD and workable boot to be written
>> to a system? The system does not boot with the above, even with a complete
>> copy paste to USB or to a CD. i will take care of complexities myself, just
>> mention any dont's or do's for configuration that is all, I will need help
>> with.
>> TnR,
>> Ganesh
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