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Re: [opensuse] Safest way to update kernel? or don't bother?
  • From: Gabriel <gabriel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 15:13:40 -0200
  • Message-id: <1adde6890901020913k535ab2a6u24207cee82767e6b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Sbs Bofh <sbsbofh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
So, I'm using openSuSE 10.3 on a machine which is running in a
headless configuration in a datacenter several hundred miles away. I
have serial console access and can see some but not all of the boot-up
over the serial console.

Currently on kernel (the SMP flavor, I think, if that
makes any difference)

zypper -v pchk says the box needs a kernel security update - how do I
judge whether I should apply the update or not? (BTW, there are no
local users on this machine other than me.)

If I apply this update, is there a risk of the box failing to boot
afterwards? This would be A Bad Thing.

Is there a "safer" way to apply this update, perhaps by keeping the
old kernel available in the grub boot menu?


Download the package and install it using rpm, the new kernel will add
a default new entry in the grub config.
If all works, you can remove the old one using the same command.

Kind Regards
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