Major Update to Debian / Stretch Today

I have two computers running Debian / Stretch, which is the code-name for Debian 9. I name those computers ‘Phosphene’ and ‘Klexel’. Debian 9 has just received a major update, from Debian 9.9 to Debian 9.10. At the same time, this update installed a kernel update on both machines.

As far as I can tell, the upgrade went smoothly on both machines.

Dirk

 

Kernel Update Today, Downtime

I take the unusual approach of hosting my site and blog, on my PC at home. This means that if my computer, which I name ‘Phoenix’, has any down-time, so does my blog.

This afternoon, ‘Phoenix’ received a routine kernel update, that seemed to go well. But because even a Linux computer needs a reboot after a kernel update, this site was down briefly, from 12h55 until about 13h15.

On the same note I should mention that yesterday, March 27, we had a power-failure from about 16h00 until 17h45. For that reason as well, my site and blog could not have been on-line.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers.

Dirk

 

Kernel Update today, Downtime

I take the somewhat unusual approach, of hosting my site and therefore also this blog, on a private PC at home which I name ‘Phoenix’. This is not how sites are usually hosted. And what it means is that, while I get to play with my own server all I want, the visibility of this blog on the Internet, is only as good, as the up-time and the connectivity of this PC.

This evening a Kernel Update was put through the system, which required I reboot this Linux computer. Therefore, my site and blog were off-line from about 20h00 until about 20h15.

I apologize for any inconvenience to my readers, but these things must be done.

The kernel update itself seemed to have no ill effects, that I can detect immediately. But in all honesty, if there was ever anything wrong with a kernel update, there are essentially two types of problems which can take place:

  1. The computer immediately refuses to boot,
  2. It takes a long time to detect a problem, and when this is done, the problem is usually also detected by somebody other than me.

So because I’m back up, there’s nothing to complain about! :-)

FWIW, this computer had been running one session, for 35 days straight, with no real technical issues.

Dirk

 

Another Kernel Update, Same Day

This evening, Debian Team pushed through a second kernel update, Following this one, earlier this morning, which applied to the computer I name ‘Phoenix’. The reader will be reassured to know, that every kernel update to version:

 


3.16.0-6-amd64

 

Results in version:

 


3.16.0-6-amd64

 

But this time, something rather remarkable happened:

The X-server started, directly on the first attempt! :-) This means, that the problem which I was writing about above, may or may not have been solved, and the required reboot only took from 20h25 until 20h30.

Dirk