The compile command that I should use is:

make  KLIB=/lib/modules/$(uname -r)

But as make utility is not good at uninstalling packages I want to use checkinstall like so:

checkinstall install=no 

But how can I use KLIB variable with checkintstall?

  • I don't understand. chekinstall substitutes the make install step, not the make (compilation) step in the usual install from source procedure. Dec 14, 2011 at 8:10

3 Answers 3


As Javier pointed out in his comment: checkinstall is only useful for the installation part of the build chain. For some more clarification:

if you ware used to compile and install a program the usual way: ./configure && make && make install you would replace this by:

./configure && make && checkinstall install=no

so you can still pass the KLIB-Argument to make as this argument is only important for make, not for make install.


The synopsis of checkinstall is:

checkinstall [options] [install command]

make install as the command is just a default. It can run any installation command in a supervised way.

To pass another command or make install with additional arguments such as variables, use the [install command] argument, as in:

sudo checkinstall make install KLIB=/lib/modules/$(uname -r)

Use this

./configure --KLIB=/lib/modules/$(uname -r) --install=no

You can provide an argument to ./configure and then run make and checkinstall.


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