Kernel Compiling – Fix Error When Compiling Kernel 2.6.37


I have downloaded the kernel 2.6.37 from
I have tried to compile it but I get an error:

$ make menuconfig
scripts/kconfig/conf --silentoldconfig Kconfig
*** Configuration file ".config" not found!
*** Please run some configurator (e.g. "make oldconfig" or
*** "make menuconfig" or "make xconfig").
make[2]: *** [silentoldconfig] Error 1
make[1]: *** [silentoldconfig] Error 2
make: *** No rule to make target `include/config/auto.conf', needed by `include/config/kernel.release'. Stop.

I have copied the actual kernel configuration to .config:

cp /boot/config-2.6.37-20110117 .config

I have executed make menuconfig another time but it compiles the full kernel without showing a menu. o_O
I have compiled this kernel a few days without problems.

Any help?

Best Answer

I do this on a fairly regular basis. It's quite simple. I follow the "Old fashioned way" instructions. If you're not, read that from the beginning and make sure you have the right things installed. My steps are as follows:

  1. Download kernel, extract it, and cd into the resultant directory.
  2. Copy in the config from the running kernel:

    cp -vi /boot/config-`uname -r` .config
  3. Show the new config keys and set values (optional):

    make oldconfig
  4. Main config (if I need to change things, optional again):

    make menuconfig
  5. Compile and package:

    env CONCURRENCY_LEVEL=8 fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd kernel-image kernel-headers