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Old 11-05-2005, 07:01 PM   #1
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Now have two kernal choices at boot up after update


A strange thing happened after I updated the kernel source code, thru yum. The update went normally, and after it finished, I continued to use the system, browsing with Mozilla. After a while, Mozilla quite. I restarted it and then the system rebooted. At the grub screen, I now had two kernals to boot from, the old kernal and the new one. All my files are intact and everything seems ok. I did not expect this so I would like to know if the old kernal can be deleted. Is there a way to see if a new partition was created? I was only expecting to update the source code, since the last yum update, I only updated the kernal. I am going to install a new vidio driver, so I wanted all my packages updated.
 
Old 11-05-2005, 07:38 PM   #2
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Whenever I use yum or the redhat update to update the kernel, it keeps the old one and gives me two choices as well. I don't think it would be best to try removving the old one unless you really need the hard drive space. Any automatic method would remove most of the files on your system for dependancy reasons. Besides, it's not hurting anything to leave it there, and it should have adjusted grub to boot the new version.


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Old 11-05-2005, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for putting my mind at ease. In future kernal source updates, is it good practice to reboot after the update to avoid any system hangup?
 
Old 11-05-2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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Yes, it is a good idea, but I have never had a hangup from an update. Linux should be able to continue running from the old one until you are ready to reboot.

BTW, it should not have created a new partition, just a new directory for the new kernel

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