Can't recompile the Red Hat 7.2 kernel (2.4.9-13)

Lincoln Peters lincoln_peters at
Thu Nov 29 20:04:37 PST 2001

It was giving that message whenever I issued ANY 'make' command, even when I 
entered 'make dep' or 'make config'!

Fortunately, I got VMWare to work (don't know how I did it).  I don't need 
to re-compile the kernel now.

>From: Eric Eisenhart <eric at>
>Reply-To: <talk at>
>To: talk at
>Subject: Re: Can't recompile the Red Hat 7.2 kernel (2.4.9-13)
>Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 13:38:50 -0800
>On Sun, Nov 25, 2001 at 11:17:04PM -0800, Lincoln Peters wrote:
> > I finished downloading Red Hat Linux 7.2, installed it on Friday, and 
> > all the errata on Saturday.  Since then, I've been poking around to see
> > what's different, and I found that VMWare doesn't work anymore.  I tried
> > reconfiguring it, and that failed because the kernel source in
> > /usr/src/linux-2.4.9-13 didn't seem to match the running kernel.  So I 
> > to recompile the kernel, and got this error message:
> >
> > /usr/src/linux-2.4.9-13/.hdepend:1862: *** missing separator.  Stop.
> >
> >
> > What the heck is that?!
>Did you run "make dep" before this?  That looks an awful lot to me like an
>error you could get that means that "make dep" needs to be run.
>You probably don't need the source to match the running kernel, you 
>just need to install the "kernel-headers" package that matches your running
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