Newbie Kernel Upgrade Question

Newbie Kernel Upgrade Question

Post by Justo M. Casablanc » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00



I have RH Linux 6.2 installed, with the 2.2.14-1 kernel I believe (whatever
came in the CD-ROM). I understand that 2.2.16-3 is the latest (or closest
to). I would like to upgrade but don't know if I can do it all at once
(i.e. 2.2.14-1 ---> 2.2.16-3) or if I must do it incrementally (i.e.
2.2.14-1 ---> later 2.2.14-X versions ---> earlier 2.2.16-X versions --->
2.2.16-3).

I excluded 2.2.15 from the above sequence because I believe 2.2.<odd #>
are development versions - please correct me if I'm wrong.

Thx in advance for your advice !!!

Justo M. Casablanca


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Newbie Kernel Upgrade Question

Post by elle.. » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00



Quote:> I have RH Linux 6.2 installed, with the 2.2.14-1 kernel I believe (whatever
> came in the CD-ROM). I understand that 2.2.16-3 is the latest (or closest
> to). I would like to upgrade but don't know if I can do it all at once
> (i.e. 2.2.14-1 ---> 2.2.16-3) or if I must do it incrementally (i.e.
> 2.2.14-1 ---> later 2.2.14-X versions ---> earlier 2.2.16-X versions --->
> 2.2.16-3).

Yes, unfortunatly, Redhat can make this somewhat tedious. The -X
portion of the version number isn't part of the actual kernel version,
it's a Redhatism. Personally, I've always compiled my own kernel
upgrades and installed them by hand. You could also go the rpm route
and try rpm -F kernel-whatever.rpm.

As far as I know, 2.2.14 to 2.2.16 doesn't break anything else in RH
6.2, except modules, which you should upgrade at the same time.

Quote:> I excluded 2.2.15 from the above sequence because I believe 2.2.<odd #>
> are development versions - please correct me if I'm wrong.

Actually, if the middle number is odd, it's a development
version. (ie, 2.3.x is the current development leading to the
forthcoming 2.4.x)

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Newbie Kernel Upgrade Question

Post by Justo M. Casablanc » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Thx so much for your quick response ! Another question, though ....
how do I upgrade the modules ? None of the kernel-*.rpm file names
at redhat.com imply module upgrades.

Also, once I get the upgraded kernel working, shouldn't I install the
kernel source rpms, since any apps I compile may reference the kernel
headers, etc. ?

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Newbie Kernel Upgrade Question

Post by elle.. » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00



Quote:> Thx so much for your quick response ! Another question, though ....
> how do I upgrade the modules ? None of the kernel-*.rpm file names
> at redhat.com imply module upgrades.

Ugh, this is what I meant by RH making it hard. The kernel and modules
are in the kernel package. The kernel headers are in the
kernel-headers package.

If you're not using any third-party pieces, the rpms will probably
upgrade reasonably painlessly. I, however, have never attempted it.

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