How do you know when a reboot is required after yum update?

Donald Russell fedora at
Thu Jul 2 20:04:55 UTC 2009

Obviously a reboot is required when loading a new kernel....

But in general, does yum leave some breadcrumb clue that some other process
can check? For example, maybe there's something in the package files that
yum sees and creates a "/rebootRequired" file which is always deleted upon

If not, I think that'd be a cool idea.. the file could be

and contain a plain text list of packages that caused the condition. :-)

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