Re: Problems with to large of a kernel

Anthony Barbachan (
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 01:29:43 -0500

Use make bzImage
and/or make (bzdisk or bzfloppy) <- one of the two

-----Original Message-----
From: Timm Gleason <>
To: linux-kernel <>
Date: Monday, November 30, 1998 6:41 PM
Subject: Problems with to large of a kernel

>Having just started messing around with the 2.1.x kernels with the imminent
>release of 2.2, I am having quite a time of it. I cannot seem to get a
>kernel image to compile that I may use on a floppy disk. First couple of
>times through I tried adding in the bits and pieces that I use in the
>configuration and it wouldn't compile, the kernel size was to large for a
>zImage. Went through and pared out a bunch of stuff, but to no avail.
>So, I remove the directory where I was working and untar a fresh copy. make
>mrproper, make menuconfig (and make no changes), make dep, make clean, make
>zImage. Too large.
>tools/build bootsect setup compressed/vmlinux.out CURRENT > zImage
>Root device is (8, 2)
>Boot sector 512 bytes.
>Setup is 1276 bytes.
>System is 543 kB
>System is too big. Try using bzImage or modules.
>make[1]: *** [zImage] Error 1
>make[1]: Leaving directory `/kernel-devel/2.1.129/linux/arch/i386/boot'
>make: *** [zImage] Error 2
>Out of the box, it's too damn big. How is one supposed to add the features
>that one needs of the default set of configuration choices is too big to
>begin with?
>Am I missing something really obvious here, because I am feeling rather
>inadequate about the whole thing right about now.
>Timm Gleason
>Microsoft gives you Windows, Linux gives you the whole house
>Timm Gleason -- -- --
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