[svlug] mroe rh-7.0 fun
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Mar 14 09:44:01 PST 2001
begin Charles Peterman quotation:
[An unfortunate Red Hat Update experience]
> It got everything right, save modifying lilo.conf and running LILO.
> More greviously, it erases your old kernel so the machine won't boot with
> its old settings. Yes, I discovered this the painful way.
I have yet to see a distribution that manages lilo cautiously enough for
my taste. What I tend to do is always, always make sure that I have a
fallback kernel. Like this sample /etc/lilo.conf:
/boot/vmlinuz-new and /boot/vmlinuz are symbolic links, which I manually
point to whatever two kernels I want to have available. This way, I
never have to edit lilo.conf. It's a good idea, in my view, to set up
such a configuration on any x86 Linux box, as a precaution.
And it's tempting to trust automated package tools to install/upgrade
kernels correctly, but I figure it never hurts to do "lilo -v" just
before rebooting, to double-check that there were no errors.
> But on the plus side, this experience added a new tool to my arsenal:
Yes! Belongs in every x86 Linuxer's bag of tricks.
Cheers, Right to keep and bear
Rick Moen Haiku shall not be abridged
rick at linuxmafia.com Or denied. So there.
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