Wrong kernel version on 2.6-24 ?

Asked by Antoine Roux on 2008-09-16

Binary package hint: linux-headers-2.6.24-19

I am using Ubuntu 8.04.1 on i386 hardware. My kernel is a 2.6.24-19.

I need to install VMWare Server. The installer compiles a module of the kernel for specific purposes. So I have to install linux-headers. This sould not be problem, I already did the same on other distributions. But VMWare complains that the kernel I am running on (2.6.24-19) is not the same than the one in the headers : 2.6.24-3. And it stops the installation.

When I look in the Makefile in /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-19/Makefile of the Kernel I see this :

It seems that the version indicated here is not the good one. But when I try to change the EXTRAvERSION value, VMWare still finds that the version of the headers is 2.6.24-3. It seems that it takes the information in version.h, but I do not know how to change the version in there.

Do you know how I could change the version so that my installation works ? Maybe the package would need a fix ?

Thank you.

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This question was originally filed as bug #271060.

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Anders Kaseorg (andersk) said : #2

That EXTRAVERSION line indicates that the upstream kernel version (note that it’s .3, not -3). This is the correct upstream version for the Ubuntu release 2.6.24-19, so it should not be a problem.

Are you are using the correct path to the headers, which is
which is a symlink to

(/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-19 itself only contains the architecture-independent headers and will not work.)

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