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RE: Shutdown during kernel upgrade using aptitude

On Wed, 26 Jan 2005, J F wrote:

ls -l /vmlinuz
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root 23 Jan  7 15:33 /vmlinuz -> boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-2-k7

Turns out that somehow /vmlinuz was not a link but a file containing a specific version of vmlinuz. By deleting the file, and putting in a link aptitude can now update the kernel. Also, "can't find file /lib/modules/2.6.9-1-k7/modules.dep<br>at boot time" error message is now gone away.

That could be a bug.

lilo should be able to see /vmlinuz as a file (I did this until about 1997).

If you have an old system and have /boot as a seperate filesystem you may be running into an ancient problem where the kernel had to be wholly inside the first 1024 cylinders. A common way to ensure this was to put a small /boot filesystem at the start of the disk and put the kernel in there.


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