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Re: Advansys SCSI Controller and Fedora 2 kernel 2.6.7-1.494.2.2

On Mon, 16 Aug 2004, Steven Pritchard wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 16, 2004 at 02:18:18PM -0500, Erich Schroeder wrote:
> >   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.
> Are you sure you don't (didn't) have something messed up in your apt
> configuration?  The fedora.us apt happily installs new kernels for me,
> and never removes them.  For example, my laptop currently has the
> following:

It probably was messed up, although I *thought* that I had the stock 
fedora.us apt.conf file with the single modification of having 
"--excludedocs" as an install option. Maybe I made some other change. 
>   $ rpm -q apt kernel | sort
>   apt-0.5.15cnc6-0.fdr.11.2
>   kernel-2.6.6-1.435
>   kernel-2.6.6-1.435.2.3
>   kernel-2.6.7-1.494.2.2
> >   I was due for reinstallation anyway on my desktop machine (too much
> > cruft) so I don't mind greatly, but.
> You don't need to reinstall to fix that problem.  Just boot from the
> rescue CD or some other media and reinstall the old kernel (rpm -ivh
> --oldpackage).

I did, but it failed with the problem of grubby not finding a template,
which had been wiped by the failed kernel upgrade. Anyway, I'm really
happy with the reinstallation, I've got lots of room to mess around with

> > 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.
> Ah, so you *did* have something screwed up in your apt configuration.  :-)
> Auto-removing kernels *will* bite you in the ass sooner or later.
> Always remove old kernels after successfully booting new ones.  And it
> is always a good idea to keep an old kernel or two around anyway, just
> to be safe.
> > So I have learned:
> > 
> >   It's good to keep the kernel upgrades done by hand
> I think you've learned the wrong lesson.  :-)

Well, I miss-stated. It's the removal that I want 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.
> Use LVM (the next time you reinstall).  Then you can shuffle around
> your free disk fairly painlessly.

Maybe. I used AIX LVM years ago on an RS6000, it is nice. On this 
particular machine I'm at too many limits to make it worthwhile (no more 
power allowed). On a new box with lotsa room for expansion, sure.

> Steve

Erich Schroeder                    Phone: (217)785-0033
Curator, Information Technologies  FAX:   (217)785-2857
Illinois State Museum GIS Lab      email:erich(at)illinois.state.museum

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