I am following the instructions here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/BuildYourOwnKernel

I ran

apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r)
cd linux-signed-4.15.0
chmod a+x debian/rules
chmod a+x debian/scripts/*
chmod a+x debian/scripts/misc/*
fakeroot debian/rules clean
fakeroot debian/rules editconfigs

The output of the last command is

dh editconfigs
dh: Unknown sequence editconfigs (choose from: binary binary-arch binary-indep build build-arch build-indep clean install install-arch install-indep)
debian/rules:35: recipe for target 'editconfigs' failed
make: *** [editconfigs] Error 2

My uname -r is 4.15.0-34-generic.

A possible duplicate is Enable the touchscreen of a Mediacom WinPad W700, but the answer there does not address the "Unknown sequence editconfigs" message. Do the BuildYourOwnKernel instructions need to be updated?

1 Answer 1


It seems as if in 18.04 you need to run:

apt-get source linux-source

Instead of:

apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r)

This should fix your problem.

  • 7
    Thanks. That downloaded something undesired called linux-meta- but it got me on the right track. It seems the correct source package is linux-source-4.15.0. Alternatively, sudo apt install linux-source will download that source package to /usr/src.
    – Lack
    Oct 1, 2018 at 3:24
  • Thank you guys for this, for 18.04 this seems to get me further than I was before Mar 5, 2019 at 19:43

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