Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 64730
Notification Icon should indicate if reboot is required for all updates to take effect
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:02 EDT
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Description of problem:
Currently, if a user downloads an updated kernel using up2date, after the kernel
is downloaded, the panel icon becomes a checkbox (to indicate system is
up-to-date will all current updates). This is misleading, since as noted in the
"Critical Information" tab, a reboot is required before the kernel update takes
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Do a fresh install of RHL 7.3.
2. Set-up RHN and RHN applet.
3. Observe that updates are required as indicated by the applet.
4. Apply all updates using up2date. Assume a kernel update is required and is
5. Note that the applet now indicates the system is up2date. No indication is
given via the panel icon that a reboot is required.
Expected Results: The panel icon should have another state to indicate that the
system is up-to-date, but a restart is required before all updates will take
effect. A suitable panel icon should be displayed to indicate this state.
This is not indicated by the applet icon, but the information is
available from the dialog one gets when clicking on the icon
in the "Critical Information" panel for example
"Your system is currently running kernel-2.4.18-26.8.0, but the newest
installed kernel is kernel-2.4.18-27.8.0. It is recommended that you
reboot at the first opportunity to test this new kernel."
Rebooting is not a trivial operation, and often can't be done immediately
after the update, especially in an enterprise environment. We should also
keep the icons and associated semantic relatively simple. It's a tradeoff
between keeping a simple interface and the relatively complex task of
maintaining enterprise systems up to date.
I don't think in the current state we really want to really change the
current handling of this case.