Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 49119
kernel is not patchable
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:34:44 EDT
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Description of problem:
Try to patch a redhat kernel with a new patch (2.4.2 to 2.4.3) and it fails.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. cd /usr/src/linux
2) zcat patch-2.4.3.gz | patch -p1
The Red Hat kernel is a rather heavily patched 2.4.2.
The patch you are using is against a "upstream", eg Linus released kernel.
THe kernel Red Hat uses has several patches applied to it, the majority
of those is already in 2.4.3 (either because we found a bug and sent the fix to
Linus or because we took a bugfix from 2.4.3); and as as result you get
conflicts if you apply that patch. If you want a 2.4.3 kernel, you can also
download the official 2.4.3-12 upgrade (which is actually 2.4.3 + the ac14 patch
+ all bugfixes upto 2.4.5-ac16).
I know that the redhat kernel is heavily patched. There should still be a way
to patch a redhat kernel to 2.4.3, 2.4.5 and 2.4.6, or Redhat should release
patches soon after Linus patches.
Where is the officeial 2.4.3-12 and is there a 2.4.6-x?
2.4.3-12 is available in the "updates" directory for 7.1 from our ftp site and
it's mirrors, and also via the "up2date" update tool. This contains all bugfixes
In the "rawhide" directory on the same ftp site you can find snapshots of our
work-in-progress, which has usually a rather uptodate kernel. However these are
experimental as it's a snapshot which hasn't passed through our QA process.
(right now there is a 2.4.6-ac1 based kernel iirc)