apt-upgrade-kernel for ALTLinux

Written by evseev@altlinux.ru. Script is last changed at 03 May 2005. Page is last changed at 03 May 2005.

This is a simple helper that upgrades Linux kernel on APT-based system (ALTLinux is such one) with all kernel-related stuff: modules and low-level utils strictly related to concrete kernel version and flavour (std-up/std-smp/...).

Download script (don't forget to read comments at head!;-))

Read usage and example


First, multiple kernels can be installed on single system at same time. Due this, APT does not perform automated kernel upgrade via apt-get install or apt-get upgrade. See «AllowDuplicated» section in /etc/apt/apt.conf.

Second, kernel drivers are packaged and distributed independently from kernel core. When we install new kernel, APT does not try to install appropriated driver modules automatically even if their earlier versions are installed for current kernel.

Third, because having multiple choices, we should select explicit version when install kernel or driver, for example:

apt-get install kernel-image-std-up#2.4.26-alt11
apt-get install kernel-modules-cifs-std-up#1.0.2-alt3.11
Every module package explicitly requires the same kernel version that's headers were used at module compiling/build. With that, kernel and modules have independent version numbering.

How it works

My helper performs following steps:

Helper can be executed under non-root account and does not perform any system modification so that you can manually check promoted changes before applying them.

Related stuff

update_kernel_modules by Vitaly Lipatov is a more early attempt to solve problem. I like it but my own stuff I like a bit more :-)))

remove-kernel is another stupid helper written by me that removes kernel (or any other RPM package) with all packages depending from it. It may be used for cleaning previous kernel after new kernel is installed.

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