Chapter 2: Requirements for Building and Using the Kernel

This chapter describes the programs you need to configure a kernel, build it, and successfully boot it. It’s a smart idea to consult the file Documentation/Changes to verify the specific version number you should have of each tool described in this chapter. This chapter was based on the 2.6.18 kernel, and describes the versions of tools that work with that kernel. If you are using a different kernel, please verify that you have the required versions as specified in this file, or things might not work properly and it can be very hard to determine what went wrong.

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