[SOLVED] kernel kept back?

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[SOLVED] kernel kept back?

Postby circus78 » 2018-05-05 09:15

Hi,
I am running this system:

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# cat /etc/debian_version
7.11
root@mail:~# uname -ar
Linux mail 3.2.0-5-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.96-3 i686 GNU/Linux


When I run apt-get update && apt-get upgrade, it says:

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Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
  linux-image-686-pae
The following packages will be upgraded:
  linux-libc-dev tzdata
2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/1,383 kB of archives.
After this operation, 8,192 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?


Why is kernel kept back?
As far as I remember, I always upgraded kernel simply with apt-get upgrade.
Thank you for you clarification.
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Re: kernel kept back?

Postby circus78 » 2018-05-05 09:16

I mean: why is it necessary to ran apt-get dist-upgrade, in this case?
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Re: kernel kept back?

Postby p.H » 2018-05-05 09:27

Because the new version of linux-image-686-pae has a new dependency, linux-image-3.2.0-6-686-pae instead of linux-image-3.2.0-5-686-pae, and apt-get update won't install new packages nor remove existing packages.

This happens when the new kernel version comes with an ABI (application binary interface) change. Quite frequent lately.
Note that linux-image-686-pae is not the real kernel, it is just a meta-package which depends on the latest available kernel.
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Re: kernel kept back?

Postby circus78 » 2018-05-05 09:46

Thank you very much!
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Re: [SOLVED] kernel kept back?

Postby stevepusser » 2018-05-05 20:44

Don't worry...since Wheezy reaches end of life this month, you won't be getting any more security updates after that. :?
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