[arch-general] How often kernel26-lts updated?

C Anthony Risinger anthony at extof.me
Fri Mar 25 13:05:22 EDT 2011

2011/3/25 Cédric Girard <girard.cedric at gmail.com>:
> On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Karol Babioch <karol at babioch.de> wrote:
>> As you don't expect a server to be in desperate need of new features and
>> new supported hardware I personally don't think that the latest kernel
>> is needed.
>> What do the others think about it?
> No. But what I understood from what Thomas said is: as you need to reboot
> your server anyway from time to time to apply security updates, you may
> decide to switch to an even more often updated kernel, if your architecture
> permit it (reboot != service interruption).

you could try the ksplice route as it's enterprise level quality at
this point -- though for arch you'd have to create/apply the splices

i'll be soon attempting this with our gentoo servers (as much as i
like arch ... nope :-) manually; for other distros like redhat/ubuntu
there is a tool that can apply them from ksplice.com (only the desktop
editions are free ... albeit $3-$5/mo/server is pretty decent)

the idea is you compile the running kernel and the destination kernel
(the patched version w/security updates/etc), then (IIRC) ksplice
analyzes the resultant objects, generating a special module that
applies a reversible update to the running kernel in real time.
pretty neat :-)

C Anthony

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