[CentOS] Re: Safety

Peter Farrow peter at farrows.org
Mon Mar 20 19:18:16 UTC 2006

The only time I had remote updates not work, is when either :

a)Someone leaves a floppy in the machine and it tries to boot of it when 
I reboot....
b)Someone leaves the keyboard disconnected or something resting on the 

I've had very few genuine issues where a machine dies after a solid 
yumming session...


Scott Silva wrote:
> Sam Drinkard spake the following on 3/20/2006 7:39 AM:
>> My server has not yet been updated with all the goodies and is still a
>> stock 4.2 installation.  What is the consensus about remote updating? 
>> Would it be better if I were to physically be there and do it or are
>> things stable enough that I could do it remotely and then reboot.  It's
>> kind of a PITA to have to go downtown to the C0-LO site, but can be done.
>> Thanks..
>> Sam
> A remote update works 99.99% of the time, but nothing is "infallible". You can
> do the remote update, and run downtown only if it fails. You only need a
> reboot if you get a new kernel, which you will probably get. The biggest
> gotcha is if you are running something non-standard that an update might hose.
> But if that is the case, you can always remotely fix it or try to go back.
> The risk of running without the updates can offset the risk of updating most
> of the time.
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