After configuring your kernel, you need to compile it with:

$ su
# cd /usr/src/linux


# make dep
# make clean

You're now able to choose from one of the following options:

# make bzImage
# make zImage
# make bzdisk
# make install

Use bzImage to create a compressed kernel image
zImage for a compressed kernel,
bzdisk to create a boot disk and
install if you want to use LILO (all further steps then become unneccesary).

# make modules
# make modules_install

The time required by your computer to compile Linux is processor and machine dependant. Once this process has been completed, you can copy your new kernel to /boot/. Please don't forget to make a backup of your old kernel though. The backup commands are as follows:

# cp /boot/vmlinuz /boot/vmlinuz.old
# cp /boot/ /boot/

# cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/
# cp /boot/
# cp .config /boot/

After copying the kernel, you still need to test it. Depending on your bootloader you still need to set various options in order to boot your new kernel.

# shutdown -r now


In the case where you want to overwrite your existing kernel, you need to use the following commands:

# cp /usr/src/kernel-old-version/.config \
# cd /usr/src/kernel-new-version/
# make oldconfig
# make dep && make clean bzImage modules modules_install

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