CentOS Linux 7 (1708) AltArch I386 Kernel

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Red Hat no longer maintains the i386 kernel for RHEL 7.4.  We have been using a modified kernel until this latest meltdown / spectre  release
(*kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7*).

This latest release does not build on i386/i686 and we can’t figure out how to make it work. 

Build try:
https://buildlogs.CentOS.org/c7.1708.u.i386/kernel/20180109171431/3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.CentOS.plus.i386/

SRPM:
http://people.CentOS.org/hughesjr/kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.CentOS.plus.src.rpm

In the mean time, people running the altarch i386 distribution can the latest i386 experimental kernel .. use the repo file from here (bottom of the page,  ‘CentOS-Experimental.repo’ to ‘/etc/yum.repo.d/’ ) to get it:

https://wiki.CentOS.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/i386

We could use some community help in:

1. Making the 3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.CentOS.plus.i386 build.

2.  Testing the 4.9.75.el7.CentOS.i686 kernel from the experimental repo on the i386 arch.

Please post info on this thread in the mailing list.

In the past the Springdale Linux distro has had i386 kernels as well, but they have not updated any since the 7.4 release (a couple behind us), so they haven’t gotten it to build either.

If we can not get a working backported kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7, I’ll push a newer 4.9.x LTS kernel from the experimental repo as an update to the i386 AltArch updates repository.  Let’s set a timeout of next Friday as the drop dead fix date for kernel-3.10.0-693.11.6.el7 .. if we can’t get one to build, we’ll push the latest LTS kernel from kernel.org it the i386 AltArch updates repo.

Thanks, Johnny Hughes

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