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Jack Lam
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i have just updated my Fedora 2 by using build in update function.
(click "!" then select update item then select kernel version..)
when the process finished and restart my PC
then i found that the one more choice created in the boot selection menu :
1) fedora 2.6.10xx
2) fedora 2.6.0
3) Win XP eng

is it normal ? can i remove the choice 2 in menu (safe?) ?
and what it the process to remove one choice in menu ?


thanks ~
 
M Beck
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yes, this is normal.

because the kernel is an unusually important and complex package, when you update it, the old version is not removed by default. (with any other package in the system, old versions do get removed when upgrading. the kernel is special when it comes to this.) the idea is that you always choose the newest version installed when you reboot the next time, and test it out; if everything's still working as it should and your computer seems to "like" the new kernel, you can remove the old one.

as for how to remove the old one, i'm not 100% certain because i do not myself use Fedora. however, i suspect that removing the old version kernel package would remove the boot-up menu option for it also. your package manager program should have a way to list all the packages installed on the system; find the old version kernel in that list, and uninstall it.
 
Stefan Wagner
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I don't use Fedora, and don't know the auto-update function.
I update manually and there are two well-known boatloader: grub and lilo.

I don't know grub but lilo.
First check, which bootloader you're using:

If you see both entries at least, I would guess that fedora uses lilo.
 
Tim Holloway
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GRUB's been the Fedora/RedHat preferred bootloader for a while now. You can just remove the unwanted OS options by deleting them from the /etc/grub.conf file. The only thing even remotely tricky is making sure you don't delete the default option, but an upgrade already changed that for you anyway, so unless you get clever, no problem.

If you're going to remove the option from booting, you probably want to delete the old kernel as well. Use "rpm --erase {insert-kernel-package-name-here}" to do that. To get a list of installed kernel packages, do "rpm -qa | grep kernel". Be sure NOT to delete your live kernel!
 
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