Performance Tools for Software Developers - Warning message: Current running kernel is version...

Published: 09/19/2008, Last Updated: 09/19/2008


When executing the build-driver script (part of the VTune™ Amplifier XE for Linux* performance profiler), you see a message similar to the following:

Warning: current running kernel is version 2.4.18-e.31smp

And, after successfully building the driver and invoking insmod-sep3, you get the message:

No pre-built driver exists for this system.

The kernel sources are not configured, correctly, that is, they do not match the kernel that is running.


To configure the kernel sources, execute the following commands:

cd /usr/src/linux
make mrproper
cp /boot/config-`uname-r` .config
vi Makefile # check EXTRAVERSION, change if necessary
make oldconfig
make dep

Prior to make oldconfig, ensure that EXTRAVERSION matches the tail of the output of uname -r. The resulting /usr/src/linux/include/version.h should have a UTS_RELEASE that matches the output of uname -r. Once that is true, run the build-driver script to build the sampling driver against the kernel sources in /usr/src/linux.

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