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Yum can't find kernel-3.11.6 for reinstall.

asked 2013-10-25 13:00:05 -0500

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updated 2014-09-28 10:24:52 -0500

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Trouble booting into latest kernel, so booted into previous kernel and tried to reinstall. Yum can't find latest kernel?

[root@steelers ~]# uname -a
Linux 3.11.4-201.fc19.i686.PAE #1 SMP Thu Oct 10 14:44:46 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[root@steelers ~]# yum reinstall kernel-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686 kernel-PAE-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686
Loaded plugins: auto-update-debuginfo, fastestmirror, langpacks, ps, refresh-
              : packagekit, verify
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * fedora:
 * fedora-debuginfo:
 * livna:
 * rpmfusion-free:
 * rpmfusion-free-debuginfo:
 * rpmfusion-free-updates:
 * rpmfusion-free-updates-debuginfo:
 * rpmfusion-nonfree:
 * rpmfusion-nonfree-debuginfo:
 * rpmfusion-nonfree-updates:
 * rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-debuginfo:
 * updates:
 * updates-debuginfo:
Installed package kernel-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686 not available.
Installed package kernel-PAE-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686 not available.
Error: Nothing to do
[root@steelers ~]#
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What kind of troubles? Did you change anything from kernel 3.11.6? If you didn't, then I don't think reinstalling is going to fix anything.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2013-10-25 13:39:52 -0500 )edit

@skytux: Not confident that a reinstall will help either but thought it would be easy to try. No changes, just executing periodic yum updates. Boot with 3.11.6 fails quickly with an apparent stack dump and non-responsive keyboard.

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-10-25 14:18:29 -0500 )edit

Did you try totally uninstalling the kernel and then doing a yum update to get it restored?

Eddie gravatar imageEddie ( 2013-10-25 14:26:14 -0500 )edit

@Eddie: Did look at a yum erase etc./etc., but the very long list of dependancies that would be removed along with the kernels was just too scary.

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-10-25 14:33:50 -0500 )edit

Did you try my suggestion of yum reinstall kernel-3.11.6?

Eddie gravatar imageEddie ( 2013-10-25 14:59:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-25 13:54:01 -0500

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updated 2013-10-25 14:14:29 -0500

You can use Koji to download kernel builds. For example, for kernel 3.11.6:

To install (or reinstall) one of the builds:

# yum reinstall



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This is a very useful bit of information. Thanks!

mttdbrd gravatar imagemttdbrd ( 2014-12-14 12:55:38 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-10-25 14:30:33 -0500

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updated 2013-10-25 16:04:41 -0500

It looks like yum won't do a reinstall on a kernel, or perhaps on any package that has more than one version installed. I tried yum reinstall on my server and get the same behavior with the kernel, but not with a different package.

Since you don't want to do a yum erase (and I understand why, given the dependencies), the best way to force a reinstall is probably this:

sudo rpm -e --nodeps kernel-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686
sudo yum install kernel-3.11.6-200.fc19.i686

As long as you're not removing a currently-running kernel, the above procedure is perfectly safe. The first command forces removal of the kernel but none of its dependencies. The second command, of course, reinstalls it. You have to do this separately for kernel and kernel-PAE, but you could do the rpm -e --nodeps first and then do a single yum update (instead of the yum install kernel...) to reinstall them.

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