How do I install kernel header files?

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im trying to install vmware on my mdk10.1 guest, host windows 2003. while running vmware configuration tool, im stumped by this error:
what is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]
i looked at available packages and i get to see a lot of libxx files. which one should i use?
How do I install kernel header files?1/12/2014 7:06 am Linux

i want to write a device driver but not able to find the header file can someone please help me find them?Also if someone can point out some important site links that would be really appreciated

C Header Files for Vmware Install Linux
Back on this forum after a long hiatus. Now running Debian. Installed gcc-4.1. Vmware 5.5 expects the C header files to be in /usr/src/linux. In fact, they're in...
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I couldn't find any information regarding this in kbuild modules documentation and only an oblique reference (suggesting that it's possible) in the headers_install documentation.

The "make headers_install" command can be run in the top level directory of the kernel source code (or using a standard out-of-tree build).

I have an out-of-tree kernel module with an associated header file (I have #defines for an IOCTL), and I want to provide that header file as part of the module installation. It seems like the in-tree way for kernel modules to provide header files (for userspace use) is to place them in include/linux/. What do I have to do for this to work for out-of-tree?

Ok, this seems to be another case where I didn't read all the manuals... the manual needed is the makefiles documentation for kbuild...

The kernel includes a set of headers that is exported to userspace. Many headers can be exported as-is but other headers require a minimal pre-processing...

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i want to write a device driver but not able to find the header file can someone please help me find them?Also if someone can point out some important site links that would be really appreciated

You should be able to install the kernel header files for the currently running kernel by running the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

In general, the kernel header packages are named linux-header-* where "*" indicates the version & variant (generic, server, etc.).

You can just type:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

if you are on a Desktop installation. The apt-get will solve the dependencies and install the correct version of kernel headers.

This should cover another problem when: the running kernel is obsolete, meaning it's not in the repository anymore neither its headers. So the best thing to do is to update the kernel to last version in the repository.

linux-generic is a meta package to keep...

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Since a long time not using it I tried to use VMware again today with my Debian Squeeze, and as the kernel have been upgraded, I had to reconfigure it by running


What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/Linux/include]

Install C header Linux Kernel on Debian or Ubuntu

To install the Linux Kernel headers on Ubuntu or Debian Linux run this command to install the sources for your kernel specific version.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

And this command to install the generic package, and keep your sources up to date. Every time you run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Your kernel and kernel headers will upgrade if an upgrade is available.

aptitude install...
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I am trying to install VMWare Server 1.0.6 , and have also tried VMWare server 2.0.2 BOTH 64 bit, on ubuntu 10.10 64 bit.

But i i keep getting this error:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] /lib/modules/2.6.35-22-generic/build/include/ The directory of kernel headers (version @@VMWARE@@ UTS_RELEASE) does not match your running kernel (version 2.6.35-22-generic). Even if the module were to compile successfully, it would not load into the running kernel.

snaphot of stdout:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] /lib/modules/2.6.35-22-generic/build/include/ The directory of kernel headers (version @@VMWARE@@ UTS_RELEASE) does not match your running kernel (version 2.6.35-22-generic). Even if the module were to compile successfully, it would not load into the running kernel.

in /usr/src, i have:

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I am using Zedboard + AD9361 (fmcomms2) board and I am trying to build a kernel module to handle customized interrupt in PL. However, I stuck at the very first step and couldn't build a kernel module due to error '*** No rule to make target `modules'. Stop.' After a bit searching online, I found that the folder /usr/src is empty, and I need to install kernel header files first.
But the command 'apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)' returns with error again,

E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-3.17.0-gbe8a237

E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'linux-headers-3.17.0-gbe8a237'
It seems that I couldn't find any header file for the specific version (3.17.0-gbe8a237) I am using.
Any suggestions or comments? Thank you.

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i'm trying to make new system calls in kernel 2.6.21

and one of the new system calls use 'sys_write' function,

but to use this function, i realized that i must install kernel header file according to 2.6.21 version.

but i can't find kernel header file(2.6.21)

i tried apt-get install linux-headers-'uname -r' , apt-cache search linux-headers-$(uname -r)

but i can't find anything..

#include #include #include #include #include #include int main(){ int fd; int old_fs; old_fs = get_fs(); set_fs(KERNEL_DS); fd = sys_open("config.txt", O_RDONLY, 0); if(fd >= 0) sys_close(fd); set_fs(old_fs); return 0; } vv.c:2:24: error: linux/init.h: No such file or directory vv.c:3:26: error: linux/module.h: No such file or directory vv.c:4:28: error: linux/syscalls.h: No such file or directory In file included from /usr/include/asm/fcntl.h:1, from /usr/include/linux/fcntl.h:4, from vv.c:5: ...
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Exporting kernel headers for use by userspace ============================================= The "make headers_install" command exports the kernel's header files in a form suitable for use by userspace programs. The linux kernel's exported header files describe the API for user space programs attempting to use kernel services. These kernel header files are used by the system's C library (such as glibc or uClibc) to define available system calls, as well as constants and structures to be used with these system calls. The C library's header files include the kernel header files from the "linux" subdirectory. The system's libc headers are usually installed at the default location /usr/include and the kernel headers in subdirectories under that (most notably /usr/include/linux and /usr/include/asm). Kernel headers are backwards compatible, but not forwards compatible. This means that a program built against a C library using older kernel headers should run on a newer kernel (although it...

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