Re: Kernel-2.6.16-1.13_FC2.i686

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Paul Howarth wrote:

On Tue, 2005-02-15 at 23:35 -0600, Satish Balay wrote:

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Dave Jones wrote:

There's also an --oldpackage option, but from the manpage, it seems
that's only for upgrade's, not install's.

Actually 'rpm -ivh --oldpackage kernel.rpm' works! I've used it before.

Yes, and shame on you Dave for suggesting to anybody that they should use --force! ;-) Really, we should be doing everything possible to discourage the use of --force and --nodeps unless absolutely necessary - use of these options often leads to screwed-up systems.


Greetings everyone. I am happy to report the absence of any keyboard, mouse, or screen freeze ups since booting the .13 kernel at 23:31:00 hours EST yesterday.

I appreciate everything said by all contributors to this thread. It has all added to my depth of understanding (assuming the bio memory banks can hold the data more than a few hours :)).

Dave pointed out an important point, though. After spending a little time on man rpm, I reached the same conclusion he did on the applicability of --oldpackage. And, I had overlooked the --force option while reviewing the man pages on rpm (I accessed the man pages by pointing Konqueror at man: and found this morning that no white space separates --force and its description from the description of the --excludedocs option.

I also realized this morning why several attempts at running rpm last night while trying to install the .13 kernel failed. I had interpreted options with double dash prefixes (--) as having a single dash prefix. So, my eyesight and system display resolution do not fully support reliance on pointing Konqueror at man:

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