How to get the exact ubuntu kernel source files?


I got a binary kernel module provided by 3rd party, which expects version magic 5.4.0-81-generic SMP mod_unload modversions aarch64 of the kernel. It means that I need to grab the exact source tree to build the kernel for using the .ko, on my own customized SoC platform.

Now I have serveral questions for this task:

  • 5.4.0-81-generic: 5.4.0 seems refer to the official kernel version 5.4; what is 81? Is this a patch level (or abi number)?
  • Can I obtain the exact source tree by patching the official kernel version 5.4? If so, where can I find the corresponding patch file for patch level 81?
  • I can do apt install linux-source-5.4.0, but there is no patch level on the linux-source pkg name. However, to install the headers, there are patch level on the pkg name, e.g. apt install linux-header-5.4.0-81? Why the difference?



Ubuntu collects its own patched sources into a source package which you can download.

The version number includes a build version; the upstream sources (the Linux kernel) does not have an Ubuntu build, but each released build has a specific version with a number after the dash and you want exactly the right one.

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

If you want the full sources,

apt source linux-generic

though in practice you want to read the instruction it prints and download the sources from Github.

Perhaps see also and

Answered By – tripleee

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