I have a graphics card which needs the 3.2 kernel to work properly. The kernel compiles fine, yet there is a thing I don't understand. When I download and expand the archive of 3.2-rc7 from kernel.org, I get a directory of about 550 MB. However, after compiling the kernel and making a deb file with this command
fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd kernel_image kernel_headers
the source directory is a whopping 7.9 G! Now I understand that the directory will be somewhat larger after compilation, but this seems a tad excessive. I have tried on a fresh install, and I've encountered the same phenomenon. Can anybody explain what's going on here? Thanks!