[CentOS] Questions about kernel updates

Robert kerplop at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 3 21:38:36 UTC 2007


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?

Thanks!





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