[CentOS] Re: [Ntop-misc] PF_RING crashed the CentOS5 - BUG: soft lockup - CPU#7

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Wed Jul 30 20:20:41 UTC 2008

Scott Silva wrote:
> It seems that you tried to patch the CentOS kernel and it didn't work. A 
> patch for a newer kernel probably wouldn't apply clean, and the CentOS 
> kernels coming from RHEL are heavily patched already. The last time I 
> played in the kernel there were at least a hundred patches. Probably 
> more. Any one of those could contribute to  your new patch failing.
> I usually wouldn't recommend using a non-standard kernel on CentOS. If 
> the kernel in the main repo or the plus repo doesn't suit your system, 
> and you add a kernel from the main kernel.org sources, you risk 
> de-stabilizing your system. An Enterprise linux like CentOS is designed 
> for stability and long life and the pieces are fairly intertwined. If 
> you need a custom patch or a newer kernel, I would just use a 
> distribution like Gentoo or Slackware that seems to use newer parts, or 
> see if someone already adds your patch to their current kernel.

For the record ... the number of patches in the latest RHEL-5 kernel == 1529

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