Kernel headers are a collection of header files that define the interface between the Linux kernel and user-space programs. They are required to build some kernel modules and other software that needs to interact with the kernel.
In Arch Linux, kernel headers are provided as a separate package and can be installed using the package manager. The package name is usually in the format “linux-headers” followed by the kernel version.
Note: It is important to ensure that you are installing the correct kernel headers package for your current kernel version. Installing the wrong headers can cause issues when building kernel modules or other software that relies on the kernel headers.
How to Install Kernel Headers on Arch Linux
To install kernel headers on Arch Linux, follow these steps:
- Open a terminal window and update the package manager by running the following command:
sudo pacman -Syu
- Install the kernel headers package for your current kernel version by running the following command:
sudo pacman -S linux-headers
- If you want to install headers for a specific kernel version, you can use the following command:
sudo pacman -S linux-<version>-headers
Replace “<version>” with the desired kernel version, such as “5.10.13-arch1-1” for example.
- Once the installation is complete, you can verify that the headers are installed by running the following command:
This command should list the directory for the installed headers.