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Re: 2.4 to 2.6 'upgrade'

John Keimel wrote:

> I have a new Dell Poweredge 750 that would not let me install 'linux26'
> on at install boot. So I installed 'linux' from the boot CD.
> I subsequently installed kernel-image-2.6.8-3-686 on it.
> Now when I run "apt-get dist-upgrade" it tells me :
> $ sudo apt-get -s dist-upgrade
> Reading Package Lists... Done
> Building Dependency Tree... Done
> Calculating Upgrade... Done
> The following packages will be upgraded:
>   kernel-image-2.4.27-2-386
>   1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
>   Inst kernel-image-2.4.27-2-386 [2.4.27-10] (2.4.27-10sarge1
>   Debian:3.1r1/stable, Debian-Security:3.1/stable)
>   Conf kernel-image-2.4.27-2-386 (2.4.27-10sarge1 Debian:3.1r1/stable,
>   Debian-Security:3.1/stable)
> But, that's not what I want to install. And I really want to make this
> 'cleaner' and not have to ignore the 2.4 kernel info.
> Suggestions on how to clean this up?
> Thanks
> j

That kernel is a security release.  It's supposed to upgrade your 2.4.27
kernel to keep you secure.  However, if you don't want it, you have a
couple of options.

You could uninstall the kernel.  Obviously don't do this until you've
verified that another kernel on your system boots properly.

You could put the package on hold.  Aptitude will let you do that, as well
as dselect (I believe).

You could remove the security updates source from apt's sources.list.  While
this will keep you from getting kernel upgrades, it will also keep you from
getting updates on other packages with security holes, too.  That's really
not recommended.

Hope that helps,

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