2 Dec 2001
(updated 2 Dec 2001 at 16:30 UTC) »
Well I spent most of yesterday updating (but not really
upgrading because I did a format) platinum (the sucs X
server) from a Ximianed RedHat 7.1 to a vanilla RedHat 7.2.
The main reasoning behind this as so that I could get some
practice at upgrading before I tried it on silver (which is
on RedHat 6.2). This was made all the more difficult because
missing bits of information that were hard won the last time
it was upgraded.
The installation mostly consisted of backing up /etc/ to our
other server and then putting in the required network boot
Having said that I am especially fond of the way I
mounted the isos as directories on our ftp server and then
killed off the ftp connection so I could unmount the first
cd and mount the second cd in the same place, thus allowing
the installation to continue.
The major pitfall surfaced after I had gone back home At
around 11pm I received a mail saying that internet access to
certain sites was no longer working (and that the upgrade
was to blame. Incredibly perceptive users here). After doing
a painful remote X session to my computer back at home to
confirm the problem, I decided to check the logs
and found them full of can't find /lib/modules/2.4.7 errors.
After reading fxn's
reply to yesterday's rant about certification, I now
realise that I was approaching Advogato (gah I'm still
having trouble spelling that) in slightly the wrong
direction. More on that at a later date though...
It was about then that I remembered that I hadn't rebooted
after installing the newer kernel package.
After rebooting and not being able to connect to platinum
any more I came to the conclusion that maybe I should have
checked grub's configuration before I decided to reboot. It
was also about then that I decided that I'd had enough of
this and that I would go to bed.