> What is absolutely not obvious (to me at least) from it or the mini
> how-to or anything else I've read is whether or not compiling a new
> kernel is even necessary. I've worked with lots of packages where
> it's an either/or. Patch the kernel and compile up a new kernel image
> and boot on it and you have feature X available. OR, with the kernel
> source from your running kernel compile a module and insmod it into
> the running "stock" kernel and you have the same feature.
>With LVS is either option valid or do both have to be done?
Both are needed. At first you have to patch the kernel with the two patches
(explained in the readme).
After that you have the option to patch lvs into the kernel (3 additional
patches + copying sources to kernel tree) OR just build the modules in the
ipvs/-directory and insmod them.
The thing is: lvs needs those 2 patches before everything else.