Getting rid of Xen kernel on RHEL5.1?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by sionathan, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. sionathan

    sionathan New Member

    I recently inherited a RHEL5.1 system that someone installed with the Xen kernel... how do i swap it for a different kernel?

    I used yum to download and install an alternate kernel, which appears to have worked properly:

    yum install kernel-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5

    The config-, symvers-, and vmlinuz- files for version 2.6.18-92.1.6.el5 all show up in my /boot directory now; but there's not an initrd-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5.img file in there and i'm unsure if i need one?

    I suspect that the kernel DID get installed properly, but that i just need to update my grub.conf to select it. But i'm not sure how to do that... My current grub.conf reads:

    title Red Hat Enterprise Xen Server
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5
    kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-8.el5
    module /vmlinuz-2.6.18-8.el5xen ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
    module /initrd-2.6.18-8.el5xen.img

    That first "kernel" line that references the 18-92 kernel is a result of my first attempt to change the file. With that change, the system still loads the 2.6.18-8.el5xen kernel; but i (foolishly!) didn't make an initial backup of the file, and I can't remember what i changed it from, so i couldn't undo the change. Luckily, it still works as-is.

    I tried just adding the following lines as a 2nd option to grub.conf, but when i selected them, i received a kernel panic:

    title Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (2.6.18-92.1.6.el5)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5 root=LABEL=/

    So... before i goof things up too much further, can someone please let me know how to do it properly?


    » Sionathan
  2. topdog

    topdog Active Member

    You possibly need an initrd file what is the output of
    rpm -ql kernel-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5
    If the rpm does not contain an initrd image you can create one using the mkinitrd prodgram
  3. sionathan

    sionathan New Member

    Yep, that was it.

    There were no initrd images listed in the package details, topdog. So i made one and threw it into my boot directory, then revised my grub.conf to properly reference that file. Everything worked properly after that. I guess i just expected the package installation scripts to take care of that for me.

    Here's the relevant section of my grub.conf, for posterity's sake...
    title Red Hat Enterprise Server (2.6.18-92.1.6.el5)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5 root=LABEL=/ rhgb
    initrd /initrd-2.6.18-92.1.6.el5.img

    » Sionathan

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