Bug 122138 - freshen of kernel silently removes kernel-smp
freshen of kernel silently removes kernel-smp
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-04-30 15:25 EDT by Dave Botsch
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Description Dave Botsch 2004-04-30 15:25:40 EDT
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Description of problem:
This bug may also exist under ia32, but, I have not yet tested.

When doing an rpm -Fvh kernel on a system that has both kernel and
kernel-smp installed, the kernel rpm is upgraded as expected. However,
if you then rpm -q kernel-smp, you'll note that you no longer have an
smp kernel installed (and, such, cannot then rpm -Fvh kernel-smp).

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install an old kernel, kernel-smp. Remove any newer kernels
2. rpm -Fvh kernel-newversion.rpm
3. rpm -q kernel-smp. Kernel-smp is no longer installed.

Actual Results:  kernel-smp is silently removed.

Expected Results:  kernel is upgraded, but kernel-smp is not touched.

Additional info:

If, instead, you first rpm -Fvh kernel-smp, kernel-smp is freshened,
and kernel is not touched (it stays at the old version). You can then
rpm -Fvh kernel.

At the very least, a warning should be printed out that kernel-smp
will be removed.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2004-05-04 09:41:48 EDT
Kernels should be installed with -i, not -F or -U.

The kernel-smp package carries a
    Provides: kernel = V
with V == version that causes the kernel-smp package to be
erased when upgrading.
Comment 2 Dave Botsch 2004-05-04 10:23:20 EDT
In this case, the freshen should either not be allowed to complete as
it affects another package, or a warning should be generated. Other
packages should not just be silently removed with no indication given
to the user.

If -F/-U should not be used for the kernel, then rpm should not allow
this (and, in fact, after doing -i on test systems, kernels are
usually pushed out to other systems using a -F).

This new behavior is changed from Redhat 7.3, where a freshen of the
kernel did not remove kernel-smp.

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