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Update Fedora 17 kernel?

asked 2012-08-10 17:35:34 +0000

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(2nd try/lost post over login issue)

I gather that I need root privs to upgrade Fedora linux kernel.

I gather that this the necessary changes could possibly be performed in the grub configuration file.

The problem is that all of my linux kernel upgrades render a message claiming trouble accessing hd0 (sole Fedora hard drive).

I read a lot of posts today and it's my opinion that the new Add/Remove programs has no way to implement root privileges for Fedora to boot the upgrade.

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I do not see clearly what you want, but if you want clean packages and to update the kernel is very simple. su NEXT pkill -SIGKILL -u root -o yum NEXT yum clean all NEXT yum -y update kernel*

davidva ( 2012-08-10 22:22:34 +0000 )edit

Ah, well, Fedora's volunteers evidently spend a LOT of effort on getting Add/Remove Programs functional, so I thought it were helpful to take that tack. Perhaps it's not possible, though. I just want to update the kernel and get it to boot Fedora. It does not boot Fedora beyond 3.4 at present.

neonscribe ( 2012-08-10 23:55:52 +0000 )edit

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answered 2012-08-11 10:38:09 +0000

Yes. You need root privileges to update anything. Add/remove programs, AKA packagekit uses policy-kit to do this. It does updates just fine, including kernel updates. The error that you've given doesn't seem like a packagekit/yum/upgrade issue. Can you provide more information before making conclusions please? Your question has no information whatsoever. What are you trying to do? What have you done? What exact error message do you get?

Normally, to update any package, packagkit should inform you of available updates, and you can use it to update. If not,

su -c 'yum clean all && yum update -y'

will do it for you.

If you provide more information, maybe we can actually diagnose what's going on.

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I'll have to get back to you on the specific error. But I don't see that a root password can be called in any case if giving only a user password. BTW, are you saying that the Add/Remove Programs of Fedora uses yum for all of its command line calls? All right, I can find the error as soon as I reboot.

neonscribe ( 2012-08-11 12:30:45 +0000 )edit

Yes. If you run packagekit and use 'ps aux | egrep yum', you'll see that it runs something called yumBackend.py. Packagekit is only a frontend that uses the distro default package manager as a backend. It's goal is to be distro agnostic. :)

FranciscoD_ ( 2012-08-11 12:39:52 +0000 )edit

The exact error that comes along upon reboot states, "Error: attempt to read or write outside of disk 'hd0:'"

neonscribe ( 2012-08-15 18:03:43 +0000 )edit

BTY, I tried 'yum update -y' and it refreshed a long, long list of files, but not the kernel.

neonscribe ( 2012-08-22 00:49:03 +0000 )edit

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