Say I need a Debian with Kernel 3.2.63-2+deb7u1 i686.

How do I find the corresponding Debian Version? I assume it would be Debian 7 because this document states that Debian 7 has Kernel version 3.2. Yet, there are several iso images I can download, e.g. debian-7.8.0-i386-netinst.iso, debian-7.9.0-i386-netinst.iso, etc. How do I know which of these isos will result in a system with the exact kernel version 3.2 .63-2+deb7u1 I need?

Or, maybe, is this a matter of installing the .deb corresponding to the specific version, i.e. up- or downgrading the kernel as needed?

  • Are you sure you need that specific a version. It's very uncommon not to be able to use later versions. Apr 7, 2016 at 8:22
  • Yes, I am sure. Unfortunately I need exactly this version. Apr 7, 2016 at 8:23
  • You can certainly install a different version after ISO install, provided that your system boots with the installer kernel.
    – pjc50
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:26
  • @pjc50 The system does boot with the installer kernel. How do I install the 3.2 .63-2+deb7u1 kernel? Creating the .deb from the source package (see 'the snapshots' link in the answer below) ? Apr 7, 2016 at 13:28
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    (why do you need this specific version, anyway?)
    – pjc50
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:33

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The Wheezy changelog lists all the package updates in each point release. This shows that Debian 7.7 was released with 3.2.63-2, while Debian 7.8 was released with version 3.2.65-1. So you won't find an installer image with the exact version you're looking for.

But you can find the relevant kernel packages in the snapshots; this will allow you to install the version you're after.

  • But insn't the 3.2.63-2 of Debian 7.7 exactly what I need then? What does this 'deb7u1' mean anyway? Apr 7, 2016 at 8:22
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    In 3.2.63-2+deb7u1, deb7u1 means this is the first update of 3.2.63-2 targeting Debian 7; it's not the same as 3.2.63-2. See the corresponding patch for details (it includes the changelog). Apr 7, 2016 at 8:30

I don't know if there are isos with that kernel, but why don't you try to compile the kernel that you need. Here's a guide on how to compile a kernel for debian.


If the regular kernel boots and supports at least the hard disk controller, you can also place the required packages on a local server, using a tool such as reprepro or apt-ftparchive to create the correct Packages and Release files, and use the installer's expert mode to add the server as an additional package source.

Because you are in expert mode, the installation process will ask which kernel package to install.

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