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

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Wed Jul 30 20:34:59 UTC 2008

Johnny Hughes wrote:
> 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

sorry ...
centos-4 == 1529 patches
centos-5 == 1819 patches

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