Tuesday, October 6, 2009

CentOS5: Kernel 2.6.18-164.el5 causes panic

The kernel 2.6.18-164 causes serious ext3 filesystem problems (ext3_free_blocks_sb). We lost data in the / partition.
Downgrading to -128.7.1 helped working that serious problem around.

To prevent this kernel to be installed, add the following lines to /etc/yum.conf:

# We know this kernel causes a crash
exclude=kernel-2.6.18-164.el5 kernel-headers-2.6.18-164.el5

Afterwards, you can perform a "yum update" as usual.
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