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Old 01-14-2009, 04:18 PM
Kent West
 
Default kernel naming conventions?

I've been googling for the past half hour and my google-foo is failing me.

When searching for installable 2.6 kernels, I get a list like this:

westk[@]goshen]:/home/westk:> sudo aptitude search linux-image | grep 2.6
Password:
v linux-image-2.6 -
p linux-image-2.6-486 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on x86
p linux-image-2.6-486-etchnhalf - Linux 2.6-etchnhalf image on x86
p linux-image-2.6-686 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII
p linux-image-2.6-686-bigmem - Linux kernel 2.6 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII
p linux-image-2.6-686-bigmem-etch - Linux 2.6-etchnhalf image on
PPro/Celeron/
p linux-image-2.6-686-etchnhalf - Linux 2.6-etchnhalf image on
PPro/Celeron/
p linux-image-2.6-686-smp - Linux 2.6 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P

p linux-image-2.6-amd64 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on AMD64
p linux-image-2.6-amd64-etchnhalf - Linux 2.6-etchnhalf image on AMD64
p linux-image-2.6-k7 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6-k7-smp - Linux 2.6 image on AMD K7 SMP -
transition
p linux-image-2.6-vserver-686 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII

p linux-image-2.6-vserver-k7 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6-xen-686 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6-xen-vserver-686 - Linux kernel 2.6 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-486 - Linux 2.6.18 image on x86
i linux-image-2.6.18-4-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-686-bigmem - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-4-amd64 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD64
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-vserver-68 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-4-vserver-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-xen-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-4-xen-vserve - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-486 - Linux 2.6.18 image on x86
i A linux-image-2.6.18-5-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-686-bigmem - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-5-amd64 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD64
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-vserver-68 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-5-vserver-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-xen-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-5-xen-vserve - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-486 - Linux 2.6.18 image on x86
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-686-bigmem - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-6-amd64 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD64
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-vserver-68 - Linux 2.6.18 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.18-6-vserver-k7 - Linux 2.6.18 image on AMD K7
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-xen-686 - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.18-6-xen-vserve - Linux 2.6.18 image on i686
p linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1- - Linux 2.6.24 image on x86
p linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1- - Linux 2.6.24 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII
p linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1- - Linux 2.6.24 image on
PPro/Celeron/PII/PII

p linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1- - Linux 2.6.24 image on AMD64

It used to be that the kernels were named something like
"kernel-image-2.6.24...".


Four questions:

1. Why the change from "kernel-image..." to "linux-image..."?

2. What is "-xen" and "-vserver" and what happened to just plain "-686"
with the 2.6.18 and 2.6.24 kernels?


3. How can I tell my aptitude-search command to list wider columns to
see the entire name. Since I can't see the entire name, I tried
"aptitude show linux-image-2.6.24-etchnhalf.*" to get more details on
these, but the command spit up blood all over my new shirt instead of
doing what I expected.


4. What's the difference between, say, "linux-image-2.6" and
"linux-image-2.6-686" and "linux-image-2.6.18-6-686"? I understand the
last one is a specific version of the 2.6.18 kernel (the 6th sub-variant
of the 2.6.18 kernel compiled for i686 machines?), but is the 2.6-686
the 1st version of the i686 kernel, or something else?


Thanks!

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Kent West <*)))><
http://kentwest.blogspot.com



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