Boot fails after yum update

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Boot fails after yum update

Postby Aquazone » 2012/03/09 14:48:32

Hi there,

I have updated my system today doing a simple "yum update". Besides some other things, a kernel update was installed as well (vmlinuz-2.6.32-220.7.1.el6.x86_64). After rebooting the machine, everything starts as usual, the graphical boot screen is displayed, but then the boot process hangs and the keyboard is not working properly anymore either (e.g. no switching to a virtual console), only the hotkey [CTRL]+[ALT]+[DEL] to reboot works.
Trying a couple of times, I managed to switch to the virtual console in which the boot messages are displayed (the console must be switched to right when the boot process starts) and the last message shown there was:

Binärdatei-Behandlungsroutinen für Windows-Anwendungen werd[ OK ]triert:
(Translated something like: "register binaryfiles handling routines for windows application")

However, when I boot into the old kernel from grub menu (vmlinuz-2.6.32-220.4.2.el6.x86_64) everything works fine.

It's an AMD x64 machine with RHEL 6.2 incl. latest updates.
If you need further information please let me know what exactly you need.

Any ideas?
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Boot fails after yum update

Postby pschaff » 2012/03/10 18:38:53

All I can suggest is use the newest kernel that works, and file a bug report on any that don't.
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[SOLVED] Re: Boot fails after yum update

Postby Aquazone » 2012/03/25 09:19:07

Today I had the time to perform a deeper analysis of the problem. Checking the log files via SSH from another machine revealed that the system itself booted fine, but starting the X server failed because no display could be found by the proprietary X-driver (nividia). The problem occured because the yum update command updated the kernel, but not the X drivers.
After downloading the most recent drivers from the nvidia website and performing a new install (also via SSH) the system runs fine again.
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Re: [SOLVED] Re: Boot fails after yum update

Postby pschaff » 2012/03/25 09:43:39

A better solution might be to use the ELRepo kABI-tracking driver package kmod-nvidia and avoid the problem. It also means that ELRepo will help by providing the latest Nvidia drivers, tested and nicely packaged, when they become available.
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