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  1. #1
    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
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    May 2004
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    The kernel update that wasn't

    I just did my regular monthly update using synaptic and a new kernel got installed. The funny thing is, it had the same version number as my existing kernel as shown by uname -r : 2.6.26-1.
    Why does this happen?
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    I have never seen that happen, there should be a least a minor version number changed.
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    Linux Engineer drl's Avatar
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    A few thoughts -- I think the update referenced 2.6.26-13, which seems like a minor-minor change. For example, here is a note from apt-get for a 64-bit server which I have not yet updated:
    linux-image-2.6.26-1-amd64 (2.6.26-13lenny2 Debian-Security:5.0/stable)
    I don't know the details for how kernel modules are updated. If there is a change, perhaps the only way to signal that the change needs to be made in other dependencies, e.g. initramfs, might be some change on the name of the linux-image. Purely guesswork on my part, however ... cheers, drl
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