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From: Benno Schulenberg <benno.schulenberg@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] how do you keep up with system administration?
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 10:10:39
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] how do you keep up with system administration? by Kevin O'Gorman
1 Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
2 > On 5/29/07, Denis <denis.che@×××××.com> wrote:
3 > > I usually dread kernel updates because then I have to go
4 > > through kernel menuconfig all over again, and for me, that
5 > > takes some time. I guess one can reuse the old .config file,
6 > > but I understand it's not always a safe thing to do.
7 >
8 > You can use the old .config safely if you "make oldconfig" before
9 > anything else. It will prompt you for replies to any new things,
10 > and quietly ditch anything it doesn't recognize.
12 And this can ditch needed options when they get renamed or replaced,
13 like happened with the netfilter stuff on the upgrade to 2.6.17,
14 and with some IDE/ATA stuff on the upgrade to 2.6.20. Just running
15 'make oldconfig' on a 2.6.x to 2.6.y upgrade will not always give
16 you a fully working kernel.
18 > > Is it reasonably ok to wait for every "major" 2.6.x release to
19 > > update, or is it necessary to update on every minor 2.6.x.y
20 > > release also?
22 If your kernel does everything you need and you are content with its
23 performance, there's no need to upgrade to a new 2.6.y. Just put a
24 ~sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.y into /etc/portage/package.mask and
25 forget about it. But the -rn upgrades for your current version you
26 normally _do want to install because they fix serious bugs. Often
27 those bugs affect only specific hardware, but there's no harm in
28 blindly upgrading: these little rev bumps _are safe.
30 Benno
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Re: [gentoo-user] how do you keep up with system administration? Denis <denis.che@×××××.com>