Lilo -R – updating kernel on remote machine

Linux is an amazing server operating system. A remote user can control nearly any aspect of the computer.

The company where I work has servers hosted at a location in south Denver, about 70 miles away. I can do almost all of our maintenance from our, the only difficult thing is updating a kernel.

Fortunately Lilo has a neat little trick for completing a kernel update.

The 'lilo -R' command sets a one time default before you shutdown. This allows remote testing where you don't have access to the console at boot.

Just specify the kernel label on the command line

lilo -R

If the kernel fails it can be a remote support person can hit the button and the previous default kernel loads on the next boot.

Bob Weber

My name is Bob Weber and I live in Greeley Colorado. This blog is my personal views, ideas, comments, etc.. You will probably learn more about me by reading the entries here than you will in this bio.