Chapter 23. Updating Your System
23.1. Driver update rpm packages
kmod-(notice the final
-) and click .
Figure 23.1. Listing installed Driver Update RPM packages
$ rpm -qa | egrep ^kmod-Note the
-on the end of
kmod. This will list all installed packages that begin with
kmod-, which should include all driver updates that are currently installed on your system. Additional drivers provided by third-party update software are not listed in this output. Contact the third-party vendor for details.
- Download the driver update rpm package from the location specified by Red Hat or your hardware vendor. The package file name will begin with
kmod(short for kernel module) and have a form similar to this example:
kmod-ipw3945-1.2.04.17.el5.i686.rpmIn the example, the driver update rpm package supplies an Intel IPW3945 WiFi driver update with version number 1.2.0-4.17 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, on i686 systems. A version of this driver package for systems running a Xen kernel will be similar, but include
xenin the package name:
kmod-ipw3945-xen-1.2.04.17.el5.i686.rpmDriver update rpm packages are signed packages, and like all other software packages, they are automatically validated at install time. To perform this step manually, type the following at a command line:
$ rpm --checksig -v filename.rpmwhere filename.rpm is the driver update rpm package file name. This verifies the package against using the standard Red Hat GPG package signing key that is already installed on any Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 system. If you need this key for verification purposes on another system, you can can obtain it from: https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/
- Locate and double-click the file that you downloaded. The system might prompt you for the root password, after which it will present the following Installing Packages box:
Figure 23.2. The installing packages boxClickto complete the package installation.Alternatively, you can install a driver update manually on the command line:
$ rpm -ivh kmod-ipw3945-1.2.04.17.el5.i686
- Whether you used a graphical install, or a command line install, reboot your system to ensure your system is using the new driver.