Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 253694
Yum installonly is active when it should be disabled
Last modified: 2014-01-21 17:59:02 EST
Description of problem:
Yum will remove installed kernels even when the installonly options in yum.conf
are not set.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use default yum.conf with no installonly options specified
2. Run an update which contains a kernel
Package Arch Version Repository Size
kernel i686 184.108.40.206-57.fc7 updates-testing 16 M
kernel-headers i386 220.127.116.11-57.fc7 updates-testing 657 k
kernel i686 18.104.22.168-33.fc7 installed 46 M
Note that the old kernel is scheduled for removal.
New kernel is installed, old kernel is kept.
The yum.conf man page says:
Number of packages listed in installonlypkgs to keep installed at the same
time. Setting to 0 disables this feature. Default is ’0’.
My yum.conf doesn't contain an installonly_limit line an so should default to 0
which should disable the feature, ie all kernels should be kept.
If I explicitly set installonly_limit=0 in /etc/yum.conf then I get the expected
behaviour (old kernels are not removed), so it looks like yum is just not
setting the documented default when no value is specified.
Yes, it's a documentation error in the release for fedora. I added a patch to
the fedora release to enable instalonly_limit=2 by default. I neglected to add
the change to the docs. The docs change is in place now in cvs but it hasn't
been pushed to a live package.