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Old 28th February 2007, 21:51
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Default Following "How To Compile A Kernel - The Debian (Sarge) Way" to install


I am trying to install a version of carefully following every step of the guide http://www.howtoforge.com/kernel_compilation_debian. Every step runs fine up until the step in part2 of the guide where I execute the command "mkinitrd.yaird -o /boot/initrd.img-".

- currently running a 2.6.7 kernel:
Linux globoid 2.6.7 #4 Sun Feb 18 15:42:41 CET 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

- every step of the guide runs without errors until I execute "mkinitrd.yaird -o /boot/initrd.img-". This command exits with the following error:

globoid:/tmp# mkinitrd.yaird -o /boot/initrd.img-
yaird error: Could not read output for /sbin/modprobe -v -n --show-depends --set-version evdev (fatal)

I am quite a newbie to this, so please be patient with me I hope that this guide is also valid for kernel
Any idea what I am doing wrong? Any other files or configuration that would be interesting to investigate?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 1st March 2007, 22:00
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What's the output of
ls -la /boot
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Old 20th January 2010, 00:32
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I know this is an old thread, but i am working on an old machine :P

i got this exact error when compiling 2.6.18 for an old thinkpad 760xl...

it was my bad, in make menuconfig, i was trying to strip the kernel down as far as possible, evdev is the generic input event interface, and apparently required?

CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV set to m or y (default was m i think)

again, only replying to such an old thread as it was tough finding a solution on google and i hope this helps someone else later... it bites finding LOTS of hits to various forums of solved errors without a solution in the post :P
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