Short kernel compile howto for Debian/Ubuntu

September 10, 2013


  1. Download the kernel’s source from;
  2. Unpack it somewhere (will use ~/src/linux-3.11 here);
  3. Copy the config from the distribution over;

    cp /boot/config- ~/src/linux-3.11/.config
  4. Apply any patches;

  5. Go to the kernel source and create an up to date config.

    make oldconfig

    Just use the defaults for all the questions you’ll get;

  6. Compile the kernel into a debian package for easy installation and removal.

    fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd -j 8 --revision 3.11custom kernel_image
  7. Install the resulting .deb file and reboot.

    sudo dpkg -i ../linux-image-3.11.0_3.11custom_amd64.deb && sudo reboot
Kernel  Linux