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#1 2006-01-31 02:05:13

Registered: 2006-01-26
Posts: 18

Upgrade kernel without a reboot?

I was wondering, is it possible to upgrade the kernel using 'pacman -Syu' and then load the new kernel without rebooting the machine? Also, along the same lines (sort of), is it possible to edit the rc.conf file and then re-load the file without a reboot?


#2 2006-01-31 02:06:25

Gullible Jones
Registered: 2004-12-29
Posts: 4,863

Re: Upgrade kernel without a reboot?

Kexec (included in archck kernel). Is would probably be a pain in the ass with the initrd though, and you can't do it while in X.


#3 2006-01-31 08:08:05

Forum Fellow
From: Ireland
Registered: 2004-07-21
Posts: 9,839

Re: Upgrade kernel without a reboot?

rc.conf provides data to various initscripts, so it would depend what changes you make. For example, networking changes can be applied by doing

/etc/rc.d/network restart

I suppose you could change to init 1 and then back to 3/5, but even then, I don't think that would do everything - if you removed modules from the MODULES array for example, I don't think they would be unloaded that way.


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