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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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2.7.2 Tools to build custom kernels

Users who wish to (or must) build a custom kernel are encouraged to download the package kernel-package. This package contains the script to build the kernel package, and provides the capability to create a Debian kernel-image package just by running the command

     # make-kpkg kernel_image

in the top-level kernel source directory. Help is available by executing the command

     # make-kpkg --help

and through the manual page make-kpkg(8) and The Linux kernel under Debian, Chapter 7.

Users must separately download the source code for the most recent kernel (or the kernel of their choice) from their favorite Linux archive site, unless a kernel-source-version package is available (where version stands for the kernel version). The Debian initrd boot script requires a special kernel patch called initrd; see

Detailed instructions for using the kernel-package package are given in the file /usr/share/doc/kernel-package/README.gz.

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