[svlug] Install IPtables

Ravi Simhambhatla ravi at simhams.com
Thu Jul 18 18:03:32 PDT 2002

Hi Bishop,

Try these out...

1. Did you install the kernel source and headers when you installed RedHat?  
If not, you need to do that, if yes - go to step 2.  Try compiling ip 
tables.  If it bombs with the same error, go to step 2.

2. cd to /usr/src and type the command 'ls -al' (without quotes).  If you *do 
not* see a directory and/or a soft link named linux, that is the problem.  
Look at the output from ls -al.  There should be a sub-directory/softlink 
created that looks like linux-2.<x> (where <x> is part of the version).  Type 
the following command: 'ln -s linux-2.<x> linux' (without quotes) and hit 
enter (replace <x> with the correct number you saw in the ls -al output).  

3. Compile iptables.

Hope that helps.


> Hello all, I installed red hat 7.3 on my linux box at home.
> I uninstall iptables from my linux box.  I went to
> http://www.iptables.org/downloads.html#1.2.5 to download the current 
> iptable iptables-1.2.6a.tar.bz2:
> After downloading i read the install file. Here' s a brief sample of 
> what they told me to do.
> ------ How to install IPtables -------------
> 0) There may be some outstanding bugfixes or tweaks which are not yet
>    in the official kernel.  To look through these, do:
>  % make pending-patches KERNEL_DIR=<<where-your-kernel-is>>
>    Please note that you have to recompile your kernel and your kernel
> modules
>    after this step of kernel patching.
> 1) Next, make the package.
>  % make KERNEL_DIR=<<where-your-kernel-is>>
> 2) Finally, you need to to install the shared libraries, and the binary:
>  # make install KERNEL_DIR=<<where-your-kernel-is>>
> If you are a developer, you can install the headers, development libraries
> and associated development man pages, with:
>  # make install-devel
> That's it!
> ----------- end -------------
> Well i followed the step they told me but heres what happen . I got 
> a error message, what am i doing wrong .
> # make pending-patches linux-2.4.18-3/=/usr/src/linux-2.4.18-3/
> Examining kernel in /usr/src/linux
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> /usr/src/linux doesn't look like a kernel tree to me.
> make: *** [pending-patches] Error 1
> [root at wbsrv iptables-1.2.6a]#
> Well if I'm doing it wrong can someone help me out or show me how to 
> install it
> Thank you
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