• Raspberry Pi 3 model B
  • OS: Raspbian 9.3 stretch
  • Kernel: armv7l Linux 4.9.76-v7+
  • CPU: ARMv7 rev 4 (v7l) @ 1.2GHz RAM: 1GB

I'm trying to apply the real-time patch (it's highly desirable for my project). I sourced the patch from the following site. After wget-ing patch-4.9.76-rt61.patch I then ran cat patch-4.9.76-rt61.patch | patch -p1. The issue is

pi@raspberrypi:~/rt $ cat patch-4.9.76-rt61.patch | patch -p1
can't find file to patch at input line 5
Perhaps you used the wrong -p or --strip option?
The text leading up to this was:
|diff --git a/Documentation/sysrq.txt b/Documentation/sysrq.txt
|index 3a3b30ac2a75..9e0745cafbd8 100644
|--- a/Documentation/sysrq.txt
|+++ b/Documentation/sysrq.txt
File to patch:

This is my first time patching so perhaps it's an obvious mistake but I don't understand the "File to patch:..." bit. Didn't I just pipe the contents into it?

  • did you download the kernel sources? are they in the same folder as the patch? did you take a look if Documentation/sysrq.txt is there? – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 16:26
  • Do you have to apply patches to kernel source code then compile? I thought it being a patch that it would just apply to the current working kernel hence the diff tags. – shmink Jan 20 '18 at 18:19
  • yes the patch patches the kernel source code, you can not patch a binary – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 18:26
  • did you take a look at these links: frank-durr.de/?p=203 raspberrypi.org/documentation/linux/kernel/building.md ? – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 18:27
  • Yeah I actually installed that precompiled kernel onto my Pi earlier and it just failed to boot. I think it was due to the hardware difference being BCM2708 and mine being BCM 2709 but I'm not really sure myself. If I have to do the actual building that's fine but if there's an easier way to do it why make life harder I suppose. – shmink Jan 20 '18 at 18:35

You need to compile the sources, this worked for me (only valid for Cross compiling on 64-bit linux for Raspberry Pi 3):

cd ~
sudo rm -rf ~/linux #only if checked out before
git clone https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux
cd linux
wget https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/projects/rt/4.9/patch-4.9.76-rt61.patch.gz
zcat patch-4.9.76-rt61.patch.gz | patch -p1
export KERNEL=kernel7
make -j 4 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- bcm2709_defconfig
nano .config
#CTRL-W search for PREEMPT, comment out whatever sheduler is selected and comment in CONFIG_PREEMT_RT_FULL=y
make -j 6 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- zImage modules dtbs

adjust for latest rt patch

echo $PATH

should give:


at least for 64 bit hosts, which is every recent host





  • added this because posting commands in comments is rather hard to read, I know this is not a high quality answer and will probably be outdated soon – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 20:16
  • Yeah commenting on here sucks. Thanks for the answer. Do you not need the tools though? github.com/raspberrypi/tools.git – shmink Jan 20 '18 at 20:19
  • So I just comment out the one thing? There is still a lot of PREEMPT stuff in the .config file. – shmink Jan 20 '18 at 20:28
  • yes you need the tools, and you need to do the bashrc thing, but only once, if you do it more than once it will mess up your shell. I only changed two lines in the config. You can also try "make menuconfig" but that was breaking things for me – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 20:32
  • does making defconfig work for you now? thats very important – Christian Jan 20 '18 at 20:32

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