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How to Determine Oracle Release from kernel version

MarkE.LLoyd/DCT-Accenture Newbie
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I need to understand how it is that a kernel version (UEK) can be mapped to an Oracle Linux Release.

 

The following excerpt from http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/linux/025994.htm  gives proof of my confusion

 

How can a kernel version 2.6.32 apply both to Oracle Linux 5 & Oracle Linux 6 

My confusion is increased when I look at the RHEL webpage https://access.redhat.com/site/articles/3078  and see that kernel version 2.6.32 is for RHEL 6

 

SpecificationsOracle Linux 5Oracle Linux 6
Architecturesx86, x86_64, ia64 *x86, x86_64
Kernel Versions available2.6.39 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2) **
                                     2.6.32 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 1) ***
                                     2.6.18 (Red Hat compatible Kernel)
                                     2.6.18 (Red Hat compatible kernel with bug fixes)
2.6.39 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2) **
                                     2.6.32 (Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 1) ***
                                     2.6.32 (Red Hat compatible Kern

 

This is a vital question to me and my Project.  We are constrained to stay on Oracle Linux 5.6 Release. However, we are also under stringent security requirements. I need to know what if any kernel patched can be applied to the Oracle Linux 5.6 Release that was part of the OVM Template for Oracle Linux 5 Update 6 available on Oracle e-delivery.

The kernel version is 2.6.32-100.26.2.el5   I need to know what if any kernel patches I can apply, e.g., ELSA-2011-2021 which has as part of its rpms

kernel-uek-2.6.32-100.37.1.el5uek.x86_64.rpm  How may I determine on visual instruction of this string if it is still OL 5.6 or if it is OL 5.7 etc.

  • 1. Re: How to Determine Oracle Release from kernel version
    Dude! Guru
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    The UEK kernel is maintained by Oracle and designed and tested for OL 5 and OL 6. The UEK kernel aims to provides a modern kernel and is optimized for Oracle products. The Oracle UEK kernel is fully user-space compatible with RHEL and applications that are certified for RHEL do not need to be re-certified for Oracle Linux.  The current UEK Release 2 kernel version 2.6.39 is based on the 3.0.36 stable upstream kernel.

     

    The UEK kernel version alone cannot be used to determine your Oracle Linux Release version. The following document will explain how to determine your Oracle Linux Release version: http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/027626.pdf

     

    You should always use the YUM utility to upgrade any software, including the kernel. It will automatically resolve installation dependencies and abort on software conflicts.

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