[svlug] a dumb question re: linux upgrade

Gary Lin glin at employees.org
Fri Jul 4 00:08:22 PDT 2003


Are you aware of there are many "auto-update" type of utility you can 
use (such as "apt-get" or "up2date").  That will upgrade most of your 
software to the latest version for you (without having you worry about 
the dependencies between rpms). 

-- Gary

Brian Street wrote:

>Drew,
>
>Thank you for your response. I definitely failed to realize all of the
>libraries and other associated files that comprise the distro and are not
>part of the kernel.
>
>So, to repeat your reply, there is only so far I can go with upgrading a
>kernel (major versions only) and then you must upgrade to the newer version
>of the distro.
>
>For example, I thought I might be able to upgrade a RH 6.2 kernel version
>2.2.24 to the latest kernel version 2.4.x but that may prove more painful
>than one would want. So, as long as I upgrade within the 2.2.x kernel it
>should be fine.
>
>Brian.
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:svlug-bounces+brian.street=bayarea.net at lists.svlug.org]On Behalf
>Of Drew Bertola
>Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 5:02 PM
>To: svlug at lists.svlug.org
>Subject: Re: [svlug] a dumb question re: linux upgrade
>
>
>On Thu, 2003-07-03 at 14:36, Brian Street wrote:
>  
>
>>Isn't upgrading the kernel the same as upgrading the version? I would
>>imaging unless there were significant changes made to the newer version of
>>    
>>
>a
>  
>
>>distro that I should be able to upgrade the kernel and packages and
>>basically have the new version.
>>
>>Am I right or wrong?
>>    
>>
>
>Wrong.  It may be possible to use the newer kernel from a newer version
>of a distribution with an older base distribution on your system, but
>there are other considerations.
>
>Here's what you'd get with a kernel only upgrade:
>
>
>- newer modules.
>- newer kernel.
>
>Here's a few (not all) places you may get hungup:
>
>- newer kernel usually needs newer modutils package.
>- newer kernel may require newer mkinitrd.
>- newer kernel may require newer fileutils.
>
>Going with a custom kernel should work, so long as the major.minor rev
>numbers are the same.  Still, there could be issues.
>
>With a full upgrade of your distro to a new version of that distro, you
>also get new libraries and header files, a new compiler, and all sorts
>of bug and security fixes (but not necessarily the latest fixes).
>
>
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