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I installed kernel 3.14.1 and there seem to be no issues.

uname -r

However, when I try to go to the folder and try to do a make it fails. I see that multiple files are missing. Any idea how I get them?

 sudo make
  HOSTLD  scripts/kconfig/conf
scripts/kconfig/conf --silentoldconfig Kconfig
make[1]: *** No rule to make target `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.14.1-031401-generic/arch/x86/syscalls/syscall_32.tbl', needed by `arch/x86/syscalls/../include/generated/uapi/asm/unistd_32.h'.  Stop.
make: *** [archheaders] Error 2
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Did you run make menuconfig? Why do you want to compile the kernel? If you want to build Ubuntu linux-image packages you will need to build with dpkg tools eg. dpkg-buildpackage – bain Jun 3 '14 at 11:31
The error says that you are missing a .config file in the kernel srouce directory. Try copying the config from your existing installation from /boot/config-$(uname -r) into the source directory and run make again. my two cents! – askb Jun 8 '14 at 8:26

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If you want to compile a kernel, move to the kernel directory (suppose linux 3.14):

cd linux 3.14

then make defconfig, which automatically creates the x86 config for the kernel.

If you wish add extra features (custom kernel building), use make menuconfig.

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