Upgrading Red Hat (Alpha & Intel) w/o rebooting

balexander balexander at winstar.com
Wed Jul 5 13:11:08 PDT 2000

You should, in theory, be able to put the CD into the machine, mount it, and
do 'rpm -F *', however, in practice, YMMV. The -F option is freshen, which
should only update the rpms you have installed. However, RedHat being what they
are, many of the dependencies change from version to version, and unlike Debian,
dependencies will stop you cold.

On Wed, Jul 05, 2000 at 02:03:04PM -0400, Philip E. Varner wrote:
> Has anybody a) found a way or b) tried to get a running Red Hat system to
> upgrade versions (ie 6.1->6.2) without rebooting or using an install
> floppy? Our cluster has a bunch of rackmounted Alphas, some with nonfunctioning
> floppy drives, and we really don't want to have to take them all out.  I
> know Debian and FreeBSD have ways of doing this, but what about Red Hat?

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