I've been installing kernels from mainline repository - all simple there, just *.deb files, one can do simple dpkg -i on them. But how can one apply the patches 0001-base-packaging.patch , 0002-debian-changelog.patch, 0003-configs-based-on-Ubuntu-4.4.0-0.10.patch manually ?

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As stated in README at mainline:

These binary packages represent builds of the mainline or stable Linux kernel tree at the commit below:

v4.4 (afd2ff9b7e1b367172f18ba7f693dfb62bdcb2dc)

To obtain the source from which they are built fetch the commit below:

git://git.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-kernel-test/ubuntu/+source/linux/+git/mainline-crack v4.4

and apply the following patches on top in the order below:


This means that you need to apply those patches only if you are building your kernel from source and not from *.deb.

In case if you are building it from source, then these are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Install these packages:

    sudo apt-get install git build-essential kernel-package fakeroot libncurses5-dev
  2. Get the source code:

    mkdir anyname; cd anyname
    git clone git://git.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-kernel-test/ubuntu/+source/linux/+git/mainline-crack v4.4
  3. Copy the patches files.

  4. Change to kernel directory:

    cd v4.4
  5. Make any custom changes.

  6. Apply patches:

    patch -p1 < ~/anyname/0001-base-packaging.patch
    patch -p1 < ~/anyname/0002-debian-changelog.patch
    patch -p1 < ~/anyname/0003-configs-based-on-Ubuntu-4.4.0-0.10.patch
  7. Make:

    cp /boot/config-`uname -r` .config
    gedit .config
    make oldconfig
    make menuconfig
    make clean
    make -j `getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN` deb-pkg LOCALVERSION=-custom
  8. Install generated deb:

    sudo dpkg -i ../*.deb
  9. Update GRUB and reboot:

    sudo update-grub; sudo reboot
  • So in short, if I'm using the *.deb files, patches are already there ? Jan 24, 2016 at 5:53
  • @Serg - Yes! right.
    – Raphael
    Jan 24, 2016 at 5:55
  • I do not think the package list is complete. For example, and as of kernel 4.3 libssl-dev is needed. Jan 25, 2016 at 16:30
  • After oldconfig runs, the config is much different then the one provided by the mainline kernel (eg: extracting boot/config-xxxx from linux-image-xxxx.deb). It would be desirable to have identical config vs. the one that shipped.
    – Kevin
    Feb 11, 2016 at 20:19
  • forgot to do the important part "git checkout v4.4" you compile the main branch not v4.4
    – user249654
    Dec 19, 2019 at 23:27

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