[mythtv-users] Re: Upgrading kernel & kmdls in one step

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Sat May 28 16:08:25 UTC 2005

On Sat, May 28, 2005 at 09:39:42AM -0600, Garry Cook wrote:
> On 5/28/05, Axel Thimm <Axel.Thimm at atrpms.net> wrote:
> > On Fri, May 27, 2005 at 11:23:56PM -0600, Garry Cook wrote:
> > > I had a similar problem today. apt-get dist upgrade downgraded my
> > > kernel. Very wierd, didn't think it was supposed to automagically
> > > upgrade the kernel, let alone downgrade it. Either way, it did not
> > > install any of the kernel modules (ivtv, alsa, lirc, etc.), so after a
> > > reboot, the X server wouldn't start. Had to ssh in, at which point I
> > > could have just booted the old kernel, but instead I upgraded (for
> > > real this time) and installed the modules.
> > 
> > Unfortunately none of the depsolvers is clever enough to upgrade the
> > kernel and all the kmdls. You need some manual steps to persuade the
> > depsolver to do so (see below). The reason apt downgraded your kernel
> > is because you are running an older and now unsupported kernel
> > (2.6.11-1.14_FC3?) and some kmdl was available in a newer version
> > (probably alsa) but had no kernel counterpart in your system. So apt
> > chose one randomly and randomly means by Murphy's law always the one
> > you wouldn't apt want to choose ... ;)
> Ok, that makes sense. Well, not really, but at least I understand what
> happened now. You hit the nail on the head, I was indeed running
> 2.6.11-1.14_FC3, and ended up with a revision of
> I was under the impression that apt held back kernels and kmdls unless
> you explicitly requested they be installed. Is it just kernels that
> are held back, unless a new kmdl is available, in which case apt gives
> you both?

Yes, only kernels are not installed, as they are declared as
AllowDuplicate. But kmlds may pull in kernels, as you correctly wrote.
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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