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Recommended update for Linux kernel

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(Last modified: 30JUN2005)


solutions Recommended update for Linux kernel SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (d8deb18ca981f40c696c338f5c7448c3)

Applies to

Package: k_athlon
k_deflt
k_psmp
k_smp
k_debug
kernel-source
Product(s): SUSE LINUX Retail Solution 8
SuSE Linux School Server for i386
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4
Patch: patch-10265
Release: 20050630
Obsoletes: a3b07ca3609dec4a6eaba721000098e2

Indications

Everyone using the Linux Kernel on x86 architecture should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

This update fixes following bugs:
  • Several JFS stability fixes.
  • Fix mishandling of dump IPI on i386.
  • Fixed a small MD autostart bug.
  • Fixed memfrac and lower_zone_reserve kernel parameters.
  • Fixed a harmless bug in rwsem in case some drivers use it.

Solution

Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

First, find out which kernel package to use, for example with
rpm -qf /boot/vmlinuz
Download the kernel image fitting your setup and install it with either:
  • rpm -Fvh k_deflt-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the default kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_athlon-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the AMD Athlon optimized kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_smp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the SMP kernel image, or
  • rpm -Fhv k_psmp-2.4.*.i586.rpm for the PSMP kernel image
Please do only install one of these kernels, not all of them.
In case you are using LILO as bootmanager, please make sure that you also execute the command
lilo
after installing the update for the system to remain bootable.
Finally, reboot the system with
shutdown -r now
to load the new kernel (replace "now" with the appropriate amount of time to allow local users to cleanly log out, for example "+5" for five minutes.)

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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