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Old 01-03-2008, 12:33 AM   #1
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Thumbs down shifting from RHEL3 to RHEL5

hello to all,
happy new year to u all!!!!

i have a problem. i have RHEL3 installed in my laptop in which i can install oracle9i also but the network card is of Marvell Yukown and is not detected by the anaconda installer while installing RHEL3.


as i install RHEL5, the anaconda installer detects the network card and many other devices.

my que is --- is there possibility of upgrading from RHEL3 to RHEL5 without installing the linux afresh as i have oracle database installed in it.

please reply.

Old 01-03-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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Not knowing exactly what you are running I would use Yum to update. Meaning copy the rpms to a directory on the harddrive. Use the command ' createrepo ' to create the repo data. Then add the repo info to new file in /etc/yum.repos.d. Only set that repo as the active one and leave any others disabled if using yum and do an upgrade. About as close as one can get without using the update install feature of the installer. Should be able to setup repo on a remote machne and use yum to access as well. Now it may always say RHEL3 but it should be using most of the new RHEL5 rpms when done.

If data on it is critical I would backup the system in the event something goes wrong. My better choice is mirror the drive to a new drive and experiment with the new drive and leaving the old real drive unconnected and stored safely away. Now being a notebook one would need to buy a 2.5" notebook harddrive and an external USB case to place the drive in. This does cost more. Sometimes if you are handy and the case can be opened one can by a complete USB 2.5" size drive and remove from the case and place in the machine.



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