"In order to complete the update your computer needs to be restarted."

Peter Lewis prlewis at letterboxes.org
Sun Oct 7 20:21:54 UTC 2007

On Sunday 07 October 2007 21:10:46 Michel D'HOOGE wrote:
> On Sunday 07 October 2007 20:05:11 Andrew Jarrett wrote:
> > If it was indeed a kernel update, then wouldn't you expect to restart
> > the computer?
> Yes, a kernel update needs the computer to be restarted. But most of the
> time, since you're working, you delay it up to the next reboot.
> The real problem occurs when you have a laptop and you hibernate. On next
> boot, the kernel binary that starts isn't the one that did the hibernate.
> And you lose everything as if you had just plainly switched off the PC
> instead of hibernating. So, as long as a kernel binary can't recognise that
> another binary did a hibernate on the swap partition, I think this reminder
> is truely welcome.

That's a really good point. And something which would never have occurred to 

I don't usually use hibernate though, and don't make a point of rebooting 
usually after a kernel upgrade, I just wait until the next time I power the 
machine up.

Still, it's nice to have an explicit notice of when I'm doing a kernel 


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