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1:kernel-xenU ########################################### [100%]
error: unpacking of archive failed on file /boot/System.map-2.6.9-89.0.23.ELxenU;4bdef4c2: cpio: write
There was a fatal RPM install error. The message was:
There was a rpm unpack error installing the package: kernel-xenU-2.6.9-89.0.23.EL
Since i'm very new to Linux.. i dint know much about it..
From my under standing, i think redhat leaves the older kernel if at all anything bad happens.
anyhow, according to your advice, i can remove those useless kernels
When you run rpm -q you get a list of the kernels installed.
to remove the useless kernels run rpm -e kernel-xenu kernel-largesmp
the kernel-devel is the development files for the kernel so that if you have to compile anything the files are available, it is not a kernel that runs in its own right.
The latest kernel isn't listed because there was an error installing it, probably due to lack of space in /boot.
remove all the kernels except the one listed in uname command.
If there is an older version of the smp kernel, leave that one too. You only need one good kernel and the latest one. As you are running the smp kernel, get rid of the others.
What specific version of RHEL4 are you running? It looks like you are running 4.7 and trying to install 4.8 packages. RH supports all the 4.X versions (last I checked) while Centos only supports the most current(5.5, 4.8, etc). I am not sure how RH handles staying on an older version (say 4.7) and yet maintains support. It COULD be that there is something necessary for the updated php that 4.8 has that 4.7 does not.