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yum doesn't work for kernel & modules. Why not just admit it and say it is a feature



It has been true quite a while that yum updates don't work because of
various hangups related to packages.  For example, yum refuses to
upgrade a kernel because the module package that corresponds is not
available:

--> Processing Dependency: kernel-i686 = 2.6.22.4-65.fc7 for package:
openafs-kernel
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Missing Dependency: kernel-i686 = 2.6.22.4-65.fc7 is needed by
package openafs-kernel

Or because the modules packages that are available can't be installed
on top of the ones that already exist:

# yum update
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package xorg-x11-drv-nvidia.x86_64 0:100.14.19-2.lvn7 set to be updated
---> Package kmod-nvidia.x86_64 0:100.14.19-1.2.6.22.7_85.fc7 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: kernel-x86_64 = 2.6.22.7-85.fc7 for
package: kmod-nvidia
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
--> Running transaction check
---> Package kmod-nvidia.x86_64 0:100.14.19-1.2.6.22.7_85.fc7 set to
be installed
--> Processing Dependency: kernel-x86_64 = 2.6.22.7-85.fc7 for
package: kmod-nvidia
---> Package kmod-nvidia.x86_64 0:100.14.11-1.2.6.22.4_65.fc7 set to be erased
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Missing Dependency: kernel-x86_64 = 2.6.22.7-85.fc7 is needed
by package kmod-nvidia


Seems to me Fedora just ought to strive for some truth in labeling.
Advertise the fact that yum is only for non kernel and non module
related things, and teach people how to download rpms and install
manually.  (RedHerring, but interesting: Otherwise, yum becomes just
as big of a deception as totem, the movie viewer that can't be used to
watch movie formats that people actually use)


-- 
Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas


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