Jon Lewis <jlewis@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> AFAIK, putting a Red Hat 9 kernel on an 8.0 system
I _never_ advocated that. I advocated you upgrade to Red Hat
Linux 9 (which is really the ".1" release of Red Hat Linux
> The servers we have running 8.0 are highly specialized and
> are running 3rd party software for those functions anyway
> (qmail based mail servers),
Red Hat Linux 9 is ABI compatible with Red Hat Linux 8.0.
You should be able to run any and all software.
> and so they really don't rely on much of the distro other
> than the kernel. I'm not too concerned with distro
> version...just kernel/fs stability.
Then do a "partial upgrade" from Red Hat Linux 8.0 to Red Hat
Linux 9 using the yum backport via "yum update" instead of
"yum upgrade." The former will not deprecate packages.
You'll also open your system to the available updates from
Fedora Legacy. Red Hat Linux 8.0 support was dropped long
ago, but Red Hat Linux 9 support continues -- and it will
likely continue at FL.org longer than Red Hat Linux 7.3 will.
> That's why I tried the 2.4.31 kernel from SGI's xfs-cvs,
> but I found its nfsd not entirely functional.
There are all sorts of issues in running Red Hat Linux 8.0.
You want to stick with Red Hat Linux 9 or Fedora Core 1. The
are like the ".1" and ".2" revisions beyond Red Hat Linux
If you're still in doubt, see my (now aged) Red Hat ABI
(application binary interface) compatibility tables here:
I have yet to find anything for Red Hat Linux 8.0 that didn't
work under Red Hat Linux 9 / Fedora Core 1.
> If I'm going to have to shut down long enough for an OS
> upgrade, and then deal with anything broken by the upgrade,
Don't shut down. To a partial, _live_ upgrade using the yum
backport. You can get it from here:
Note, you'll probably want to update your RPM on Red Hat
Linux 8.0 before doing anything (if you didn't do so in early
You're first step will be to target the YUM at FedoraLegacy
for Red Hat Linux 9. Then run:
yum install redhat-release
And from there, start doing select YUM updates -- GLibC,
etc... Then add in your kernel and reboot.
> I'd rather just swap out the disk array for another running
> ext3, and then copy all the old mail in, with much less
> "completely down" time.
I differ. You can do a "live" update.
> Not an integrator...ex-staff/coworkers choosing to use
> unsupported FS's
Not unsupported. SGI had _official_ XFS releases for select
Red Hat Linux releases. If you go outside of those, you
deserve what you get.
Same deal for ReiserFS, I've seen many, many distros (outside
of SuSE) do some _stupid_, half-baked ReiserFS support.
> requiring 3rd party "hacked together" kernels.
I think you have it backwards. ;->
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