yum dumb? Re-installes rpms you specifically remove

Arthur Pemberton pemboa at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 04:28:19 UTC 2006

On 7/2/06, Paul Johnson <pauljohn32 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My Dell laptop hates the new kernel-2.6.17, so I remove it with yum
> remove kernel-2.6....


> Then I go about my business and find that the yum cron job has run and
> re-downloaded and re-installed that kernel.  Goddam.

What else would you expect ?

> Then I can put exclude=kernel-2.6.17* in /etc/yum.conf, but the
> problem just starts there.  When yum runs, it finds updates for kernel
> modules on atrpms (for ipw3945 wireless) and livna (video card), and
> yum then fails because it cannot install those modules because it
> cannot install the new kernel.  So I have to go back into
> /etc/yum.conf and exclude some specific versions of those modules.

That's exactly what it should do. You should just exclude al kernel
related packages, or let yum be and use grub to boot to the kernel
that works for you,

> What a hassle.
> Seems to me that if a person manually removes something in yum, the
> system should respect that.

That would require special rules, and I would not consider such rules
to be intuitive.
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