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CentOS 5.x 64bit w/ Plesk server : yum update wants to update kernel etc, is this ok? this is what 'yum update' outputs :

--> Running transaction check
---> Package kernel.x86_64 0:2.6.18-308.13.1.el5 set to be installed
---> Package kernel-headers.x86_64 0:2.6.18-308.13.1.el5 set to be updated
---> Package php.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-cli.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-common.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-devel.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-gd.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-imap.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-mbstring.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-mysql.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-pdo.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package php-xml.x86_64 set to be updated
---> Package sudo.x86_64 0:1.7.2p1-14.el5_8.3 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved


 kernel                                                      x86_64                                              2.6.18-308.13.1.el5                                              updates                                               21 M
 kernel-headers                                              x86_64                                              2.6.18-308.13.1.el5                                              updates                                              1.4 M
 php                                                         x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               2.8 M
 php-cli                                                     x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               2.6 M
 php-common                                                  x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               1.0 M
 php-devel                                                   x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               1.3 M
 php-gd                                                      x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               209 k
 php-imap                                                    x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                                88 k
 php-mbstring                                                x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               2.3 M
 php-mysql                                                   x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                                95 k
 php-pdo                                                     x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               120 k
 php-xml                                                     x86_64                                                                                     atomic                                               226 k
 sudo                                                        x86_64                                              1.7.2p1-14.el5_8.3                                               updates                                              359 k

    Transaction Summary
Install       1 Package(s)
Upgrade      12 Package(s)

Total download size: 34 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

Should I go ahead and update or not? Thanks

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yes you should.. the kernel needs to be updated mainly for security fixes. You'd have to reboot to run that version though.

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Ok thanks Mike I went ahead nad did the upgrade, everything seems to be fine. – Jizbo Jonez Aug 25 '12 at 11:07

Yes, that's fine. Have a careful look, it says installing new kernel and that's way it has to be, because the old one is kept in case of problems.

I've never used plesk and not sure if a kernel upgrade could cause trouble, but usually Red Hat (CentOS...etc) don't change kernel version, the upgrades are just revisions (security, fixes, etc) over the same kernel that was shipped with the distro when released.

In case of problems you should be able to easily boot into your previous kernel from grub.

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Thanks for the additional info tripledes – Jizbo Jonez Aug 25 '12 at 11:06

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