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Self-Service Linux®: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination by Dan Behman, Mark Wilding

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Chapter 4. Compiling

Introduction

Because the Linux kernel and all GNU software are fully open source, the act of compiling and working with compilers is a very important part of becoming a Linux expert. There will often be times when a particular software package or a particular feature in a software package isn’t included in your distribution, so the only option is to obtain the source and compile it yourself. Another common task in Linux is recompiling your kernel. The reasons for doing this could be to disable or enable a particular feature of the current kernel, apply a patch to fix a problem to add a new feature, or to migrate the system to a completely different kernel source level. This chapter does not give complete instructions on how ...

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