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Linux Gazette: Why I Wrote Install Kernel (ik) and How It Works

Jan 31, 2002, 20:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Justin Piszcz)

"In December 2000, after four years of using Linux, compiling and installing kernels became a waste of my time. I chose to write my own kernel installation and setup script called Install Kernel, because no other scripts existed at the time, and I needed something that would install the Linux kernel and automatically setup my bootloader configuration file with no user intervention. Install Kernel interfaces with the Linux operating system by moving and editing files.

"When not using ik, the majority of time consumed when updating a kernel mainly consists of moving files around and setting up configuration files. The ik script has three basic parts: dependency checks, compiling the kernel and moving the files to their proper locations, and editing boot loader configuration files. Install Kernel aims to help people who are either new to installing the kernel or people who choose to use their time efficiently..."

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