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@@ -81,6 +81,11 @@ INSTALLING the kernel:
failed patches (xxx# or xxx.rej). If there are, either you or me has
made a mistake.
+ Unlike patches for the 2.6.x kernels, patches for the 2.6.x.y kernels
+ (also known as the -stable kernels) are not incremental but instead apply
+ directly to the base 2.6.x kernel. Please read
+ Documentation/applying-patches.txt for more information.
Alternatively, the script patch-kernel can be used to automate this
process. It determines the current kernel version and applies any
patches found.