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Constant forced kernel downgrades to 2.6.36? [Solved]

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 13:16
by BoeroBoy
Lately it's very frustrating to use entropy as almost any simple update I install decides to "update" my happily running 2.6.39 kernel with 2.6.36. I tried searching this out but didn't find any posts. Am I the only one having this problem? Just now I wanted to update VLC. My list of dependencies is a mile long and if I don't manually correct my grub, nvidia kernel modules will not load. I do custom order my grub.conf entries. Could that be affecting some dependency routine?

Thanks, and sorry if this has already been covered.

Re: Constant forced kernel downgrades to 2.6.36?

Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 16:38
by genfool
This is interesting, makes me want to ask questions.
"update" my happily running 2.6.39 kernel with 2.6.36.
I have seen older kernels pulled in with a update, I can not say exactly why, for some reason is seen as a dependency of something. It will not switch you to the kernel, but will have the linux-sabayon installed, you can always remove it later.

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I wanted to update VLC. My list of dependencies is a mile long 
Again, dependency's. hmm, vlc does have a few but not really a mile long, would make me consider running a

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equo deptest && equo libtest
if I don't manually correct my grub, nvidia kernel modules will not load
hmmm, nvidia-userspace has been around for awhile, userspace allows you to have more then one nvidia driver installed for different kernels, you can now have them installed for each kernel in grub menu and the drivers will load for that kernel, assuming they are installed.
When was the last time you updated?, I mean open a root terminal and do a full update.
Have not seen it for quite sometime, but have seen in the past where the gui sulfur shows all is updated, really is not.
I would be spending some time with general maintenance and cleanup of your system.
Have you ever used emerge on it?

Re: Constant forced kernel downgrades to 2.6.36?

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:21
by albfneto
if i undestand, your list of updates, contains now.. "downgrades" instead of "upgrades", generating a long list of "necessary" old dependencies , is this?

if this... You used Portage together, jointly with Entropy? You need to:

1) edit the /etc/entropy/client.conf, changing in the line "ignore pseudowngrades", changing "disable" to "enable". Save this file, then:

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# equo update
# equo remove entropy equo sulfur --relaxed
# emerge --sync
# layman -a sabayon
# layman -S
# emerge -p entropy equo sulfur
# emerge -av entropy equo sulfur
# equo update --force
# equo libtest && equo deptest
# equo cleanup

Re: Constant forced kernel downgrades to 2.6.36?

Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 20:36
by dunsurfin
Have you tried putting 2.6.36 into the search function of sulfur for installed applications? It will probably show you what it is that keeps the 2.6.36 kernel upgrading as well as your 2.6.39.

Re: Constant forced kernel downgrades to 2.6.36?

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:04
by BoeroBoy
if this... You used Portage together, jointly with Entropy?
Errrm yep. I'm old-school Gentoo. Applied your changes and will try it for a while. Some packages work fine from portage but haven't made it to entropy. Call me an impatient whiner. :D

As for the nvidia-userspace, I've had it installed for a while but I guess I don't know how to use it. Plus most of my entropy updates incorrectly update my grub.conf with an invalid root. I must have too many drives in here - or time for Grub 2.

The funny thing is entropy KEEPS trying to install kernel 2.6.36. It's there already. It's not the default kernel in eselect.... oh wait I just checked and eselect kernel list shows 2.6.36 as my default... DUUHHHHH. OK I'll update that now. I guess I missed that.

Thanks all!!!