[CentOS] Questions about kernel updates

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Sun Nov 4 01:16:53 UTC 2007


On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 06:22:16PM -0500, Robert alleged:
> The latest CentOS 5 kernel, 2.6.18-8.1.15.el5 broke my box and I had to
> drop back to 2.6.18-8.1.14.el5 before I could play DVDs with either Xine
> or mplayer. ( xine-0.99.5-1.el5.rf & mplayer-1.0-0.36.rc1try2.el5.rf ).
> This is no big deal to me  -- as long as I can make certain that  the
> older kernel doesn't go away.
> If I understand the installonly plugin correctly, an entry of tokeep=4
> in /etc/yum/pluginconf.d/installonlyn.conf will cause yum to leave the
> working kernel in place through 2 more upgrades.  Aside from setting
> tokeep to an insanely large value, is there any way to insure that yum
> will concern itself only with installing updates, allowing me to deal
> with tossing the old stuff?  Also, is my understanding of the "tokeep"
> value in installonlyn.conf correct?

The plugin won't remove a kernel that you are currently running.  No worries.

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