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    Default "prepare-kernel-sources" won't work

    Hi. I am trying to install a NVIDIA driver for my graphics card (GeForce 8600M GT) and to do so I have to execute the command "prepare-kernel-sources". Here is the output:

    |root@bt:~# prepare-kernel-sources
    |[*] apt-getting linux-source...
    |Reading package lists... Done
    |Building dependency tree       
    |Reading state information... Done
    |linux-source is already the newest version.
    |The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    |  libdmraid1.0.0.rc16 python-pyicu libdebian-installer4 cryptsetup libecryptfs0
    |  reiserfsprogs rdate bogl-bterm ecryptfs-utils libdebconfclient0 dmraid
    |Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    |0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    |[*] extracting sources, please wait
    |tar: linux-source-2.6.38.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    |tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    |tar: Child returned status 2
    |tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
    |[*] doing stuff...
    |/usr/bin/prepare-kernel-sources: line 11: cd: linux: No such file or directory
    |cp: missing destination file operand after `/boot/'
    |Try `cp --help' for more information.
    |make: *** No rule to make target `scripts'.  Stop.
    |make: *** No rule to make target `prepare'.  Stop.
    |ln: creating symbolic link `/lib/modules/2.6.38/build': File exists
    |[*] tada!
    As you can see, it doesn't work.

    When I "cd" to and "ls" in the directory where the "linux-source-2.6.38.tar.bz2" should be I get this:

    root@bt:~# cd /usr/src/
    root@bt:/usr/src# ls
    linux  linux-headers-2.6.38  linux-source-2.6.32.tar.bz2  truecrypt-7.0a-setup-x86
    This is how the "prepare-kernel-sources"-script, which is in the directory "/usr/bin":

    VER=`uname -r`
    echo "[*] apt-getting linux-source..."
    apt-get install linux-source
    cd /usr/src/
    echo "[*] extracting sources, please wait"
    tar jxpf linux-source-$VER.tar.bz2
    echo "[*] doing stuff..."
    rm -rf linux
    ln -s linux-source-$VER linux
    cd linux
    zcat /proc/config.gz > .config
    cp /boot/
    make scripts
    make prepare
    ln -s /usr/src/linux /lib/modules/$VER/build
    echo "[*] tada!"
    I have the KDE version of Backtrack 5 and when I type "uname -r" I get this output: "2.6.38".

    Could someone please help me solve this error? Please tell me if there is something more you need to know!

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    Lightbulb Re: "prepare-kernel-sources" won't work

    try this:

    apt-get install linux-source-2.6.38


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