Anaconda upgrade bug: leaving old kernel-devel packages in place??

Rick Stevens rstevens at
Fri Jul 14 21:26:40 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-07-14 at 15:08 -0600, Charles Curley wrote:
> I've just hit a curiosity related to Anaconda. I upgraded two machines
> via Anaconda from FC4 to FC5 and only just now discovered that I still
> have several FC4 kernel-devel packages on the upgraded boxes. Is this
> a bug or intentional behavior?

By default, anything starting with "kernel" is "rpm -i", not "rpm -U".
In other words, they're "installed", not "updated".  This also true of
yum updates (see "man yum.conf" under the "installonlypkgs" section).

> There was a discussion about this late in March; see the thread "slow
> FC4 to FC5 upgrade" on or before 24 March, although I don't think
> anyone considered this to be a bug.

It isn't.  It's a known thing and judged to be "good" by most.

> I can't see any reason to retain the prior version's kernel-devel
> packages if the kernels themselves are removed.

They don't remove things that don't _have_ to be removed.  Just do an
"rpm -e" of the kernel-devels you don't want.
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