I compiled kernel with instructions from here and ended up with a kernel size of 265M. What did I do wrong? Even the initrd image is 50M.

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Are you sure you have not slipped a digit. Why not post the contents of

ls -lh /boot

My guess is that you have compiled a monolithic kernel and not used modules at all if the size is right.

  • oh god I'm stupid, I was looking at the .deb package which contained all the modules.
    – JtR
    Jul 24, 2009 at 11:16
  • BTW James, ls -lh would be better for ls's that support it... Jul 24, 2009 at 12:58
  • I have edited that dmckee
    – James
    Jul 24, 2009 at 13:07

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