How can I exclude some packages from Yum updates ?
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Incidentally, kernel is an exception in YUM. It only installs new kernels (if they are avail) beside the current one.. It does NOT upgrade the current kernel on your machine.
IOW, you just end up with multiple entries in grub.conf.
Provide a menu interface
A menu interface listing preset boot commands, with a programmable timeout, is available. There is no fixed limit on the number of boot entries, and the current implementation has space for several hundred.
Was that aimed at me Chris? If so, from man yum.conf
List of packages that should only ever be installed, never updated. Kernels in particular fall into this cate-
gory. Defaults to kernel, kernel-smp, kernel-bigmem, kernel-enterprise, kernel-debug, kernel-unsupported.
Number of packages listed in installonlypkgs to keep installed at the same time. Setting to 0 disables this fea-
ture. Default is '3'.