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Advansys SCSI Controller and Fedora 2 kernel 2.6.7-1.494.2.2

Hi, just some general information,

  Last week I ran apt-get update && apt-get upgrade and rendered my FC2
system unbootable. I had been using the atp from fedora.us, which allows
automatic kernel updating, and doesn't allow duplicate copies of the
kernel to be installed.

  I was due for reinstallation anyway on my desktop machine (too much
cruft) so I don't mind greatly, but.

  The kernel#2.6.7-1.494.2.2 errata kernel does not include the advansys 
module, so during the installation it failed and does not complete the 
update of /etc/grub.conf. Apt had, however, gotten to the point of 
removing the original kernel and entry in grub.conf. Trying simple rescue 
and reinstallion of an earlier kernel didn't work right because grubby 
couldn't find a template. If apt is configured to allow duplicate copies 
of kernel, it just fails to add the new kernel to grub.conf but leaves the 
system rebootable. So I have learned:

  It's good to keep the kernel upgrades done by hand

  I'm very glad that several years ago I started keeping my data and OS on 
different partitions, even though I sometime run low on space.

  Pretty soon it will be time to replace the advansys card with something 
else, I guess. I'm actually not using the card at the moment, but when I 
do it runs an old scanner, luckily not an important hard drive.

There is more information on dealing with this at:



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