Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 216967
yum install kernel, installed 32- AND 64-bit kernels
Last modified: 2014-01-21 17:56:28 EST
Description of problem:
In addressing another bug, typed:
yum install kernel, it installed both 32- and 64-bit kernels simultaneously.
After that machine was a right mess - deleting the 32-bit kernel deleted the
only initrd thingie file.
1. how does having multiple kernels installed make the machine a problem?
2. is there some other 'more correct' behavior?
These are multiple kernels with the same n-v-r but just different architectures.
And since only one of them works, yes it's a problem.
Doesn't yum a have special-case to avoid installing more than one kernel, so it
doesn't install both x86_64 and i386 kernels or both ppc and ppc64 kernels
This resulted in a reboot loading the 32-bit kernel I believe; not good.
In current yum you can set multilib_policy=best in your yum.conf to make it use
the ppc32 arch ONLY unless you explicitly specify ppc64. This should ameliorate
the problem if not outright fix it.