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Subject:Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 *Beta* Availability Announcement (
Date:Aug 19, 2005 2:51:05 pm

Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the *beta* release of Update 2 for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 family of products, including:

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T, Itanium, POWER, S/390 and zSeries - Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T, Itanium - Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 for x86, AMD64/EM64T, Itanium - Red Hat Desktop 4 for x86 and AMD64/EM64T

This update beta includes the following enhancements:

- Availability of a full set of updated installable CD ISO with OS package updates and install-time support for new hardware.

- Availability of updated Extras ISO images with third party package updates.

- Hardware support enhancements: * Improved support for Intel and AMD dual-core processors * Driver updates including 3c59x, cciss, cio, crypto, CTC-MPC, dad, e100, e1000, ipw2100, ixgb, libata, lpfc, megaraid_mbox, megaraid_mm, mptbase, qeth, qla2100, qla2200, qla2300, qla2322, qla2xxx, qla6312, sata_ahci, sata_qstor, sata_sil, sata_svw, sata_via, tg3, and zfcp

- Security enhancements: * New CAPP-style system auditing capabilities * Improved exec-shield security capability * New kernel key ring facility and supporting tools

- System tools enhancements: * SystemTap, a new dynamic system instrumentation tool * Kernel crash dump analysis tool enhancements * Local kernel crash dump enhancements including partial dump support and swap partition targets * New OpenPegasus WBEM/CIM management tools package for standards-based system monitoring and control * New SCTP run-time library & command-line tools * New user-level libraries for IPMI support and updated OpenIPMI driver support

- Storage enhancements: * New iSCSI software initiator support and supporting tools * New device-mapper based multipath I/O support * Improved Logical Volume Management administration tool including extended partitioning capabilities, volume shapshot and volume resizing and edit support

- Improved Russian language support

- Updated BEA JRockit and IBM Java packages on the Extras CD

- Security updates, bug fixes, and feature enhancements to numerous system packages

Beta release notes are attached to this mail in plain text format.

Note also that there is a known issue with the -hugemem kernel version 2.6.9-16.EL on systems with >4GB of physical memory. An updated beta kernel will be available via the Red Hat Network beta channels within the next few days to resolve this issue.

Packages added in this beta release include:

amtu-1.0.2-2.EL4 convmv-1.08-3.EL device-mapper-multipath-0.4.5-5.2.RHEL4 iscsi-initiator-utils- keyutils-0.3-1 lksctp-tools-1.0.2-6.4E.1 OpenIPMI-1.4.14-1.4E.4 systemtap-0.2.2-0.EL4.1 tog-pegasus-2.4.1-1

Packages updated in this beta release include:

alsa-utils-1.0.6-4 am-utils-6.0.9-15.RHEL4 anaconda- apr-0.9.4-24.5 apr-util-0.9.4-21 at-3.1.8-78_EL4 audit-1.0.1-1.EL4 autofs-4.1.3-151 binutils- booty-0.44.3-1 bzip2-1.0.2-13.EL4.2 comps-4AS-0.20050816 control-center-2.8.0-12.rhel4.2 coreutils-5.2.1-31.2 cpio-2.5-8.RHEL4 crash-4.0-2 cups-1.1.22-0.rc1.9.7 cyrus-imapd-2.2.12-3.RHEL4.1 dbus-0.22-12.EL.5 devhelp-0.9.2-2.4.6 device-mapper-1.01.04-1.0.RHEL4 diskdumputils-1.1.8-1 dmraid-1.0.0.rc8-1_RHEL4_U2 dump-0.4b39-3.EL4.2 e2fsprogs-1.35-12.2.EL4 ethereal-0.10.12-1.EL4.1 evolution-2.0.2-21 evolution-connector-2.0.2-8 evolution-data-server-1.0.2-9 evolution-webcal-1.0.10-3 fetchmail-6.2.5-6.el4.2 firefox-1.0.6-1.4.1 firstboot-1.3.39-4 freeradius-1.0.1-3.RHEL4 gaim-1.3.1-0.el4.3 gamin-0.1.1-3.EL4 gcc-3.4.4-2 gcc4-4.0.1-4.EL4.2 gdb- gdm- gedit-2.8.1-4 gftp-2.0.17-5 glibc-2.3.4-2.12 glibc-kernheaders-2.4-9.1.98.EL gnome-desktop-2.8.0-5 gnome-icon-theme-2.8.0-1.el4.1.3 gnome-terminal-2.7.3-2 gnutls-1.0.20-3.2.1 gpdf-2.8.2-4.4 grub-0.95-3.5 gtk2-engines-2.2.0-7.el4 gtk-engines-0.12-6.el4 gtkhtml3-3.3.2-6.EL gzip-1.3.3-15.rhel4 HelixPlayer-1.0.5-0.EL4.1 hotplug-2004_04_01-7.6 httpd-2.0.52-18.ent hwdata-0.146.11.EL-1 ImageMagick- im-sdk-12.1-13.EL.2 indexhtml-4.1-1 initscripts-7.93.20.EL-1 iprutils- iputils-20020927-18.EL4.1 kdebase-3.3.1-5.8 kdegraphics-3.3.1-3.4 kdelibs-3.3.1-3.11 kdenetwork-3.3.1-2.3 kernel-2.6.9-16.EL kernel-utils-2.4-13.1.69 krb5-1.3.4-17 kudzu- libgal2-2.2.3-10 libsoup-2.2.1-2 libwnck-2.8.1-1.rhel4.1 lockdev-1.0.1-6.1 logrotate-3.7.1-5.RHEL4 logwatch-5.2.2-1.EL4.1 lvm2-2.01.14-1.0.RHEL4 man-pages-1.67-7.EL4 metacity-2.8.6-2.7 mikmod-3.1.6-32.EL4 mkinitrd- mozilla-1.7.10-1.4.1 mysql-4.1.12-2.RHEL4.1 net-snmp-5.1.2-11.EL4.4 nfs-utils-1.0.6-62.EL4 openldap-2.2.13-3 openssh-3.9p1-8.RHEL4.8 openssl096b-0.9.6b-22.3 openssl-0.9.7a-43.2 oprofile-0.8.1-21 pam-0.77-66.10 pam_krb5-2.1.8-1 passwd-0.68-10.1 pdksh-5.2.14-30.3 perl-5.8.5-16.RHEL4 php-4.3.9-3.7 postgresql-7.4.8-1.RHEL4.1 procps-3.2.3-8.2 pump-0.8.21-1.1 rdist-6.1.5-38.40.1 redhat-artwork-0.120.1-1.2E redhat-logos-1.1.26-1 redhat-lsb-3.0-8.EL redhat-release-4AS-2.8 rhgb-0.14.1-8 rhnlib-1.8.1-1.p23.1 rhpl-0.148.3-1 rpm-4.3.3-11_nonptl rpmdb-redhat-4-0.20050816 ruby-1.8.1-7.EL4.1 rusers-0.17-41.40.1 s390utils-1.3.2-2.40.4 salinfo-0.5-1.11 samba-3.0.10-1.4E.2 selinux-policy-targeted-1.17.30-2.101 setup-2.5.37-1.3 shadow-utils-4.0.3-51.RHEL4 slocate-2.7-13.el4.6 spamassassin-3.0.4-1.el4 squid-2.5.STABLE6-3.4E.9 squirrelmail-1.4.3a-12.EL4 strace-4.5.13-0.EL4.1 subversion-1.1.4-2.ent sudo-1.6.7p5-30.1.3 sysreport-1.3.15-5 system-config-lvm-1.0.3-1.0 system-config-netboot-0.1.22-4_EL4 system-config-printer- system-config-securitylevel- system-config-soundcard-1.2.10-2.EL4 SysVinit-2.85-34.3 tar-1.14-8.RHEL4 tcpdump-3.8.2-10.RHEL4 telnet-0.17-31.EL4.3 thunderbird-1.0.6-1.4.1 ttfonts-indic-1.10-1.EL ttmkfdir-3.0.9-14.1.EL tzdata-2005k-1.EL4 udev-039-10.10.EL4 unix2dos-2.2-24.1 up2date-4.4.39-4 urw-fonts-2.2-6.1 util-linux-2.12a-16.EL4.11 vixie-cron-4.1-36.EL4 vsftpd-2.0.1-5.EL4.3 vte-0.11.11-6.1.el4 xinetd-2.3.13-4.4E.1 xorg-x11-6.8.2-1.EL.13.13 xpdf-3.00-11.8 xscreensaver-4.18-5.rhel4.9 yaboot-1.3.12-7.2 zlib- zsh-4.2.0-3.EL.3

The beta update packages and CD images are intended for testing purposes only, and will be followed up with official, supported update packages delivered as official product errata when testing is complete. Red Hat may, at any time, change the contents of any or all of these beta updates. The beta testing period is scheduled to continue through September 14, 2005.

Please remember that this beta software is not supported and is not intended for production environments! Please do not publish any benchmark or performance results based on this beta release. Upgrades will *not* be supported from the beta update to the subsequent official update; a fresh base install will be required.

This message includes details on obtaining the early access software, reporting bugs, and communicating with Red Hat and other testers via mailing lists during the early access period.

For specific package change logs and version levels, consult the architecture-specific channel package lists on Red Hat Network.

Accessing the Software


The beta update packages are available via Red Hat Network ( to all current Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers. The updates are available via two methods:

(a) Fresh install from new ISO images

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 Beta, a completely new installable ISO image set is provided.

Once you have logged in to RHN, click on the "Channels" tab and choose the appropriate child channel entitled "<product name> Beta". Click on the 'Downloads' sub-tab, and follow the directions provided to download installable ISO images for your platform and release.

(b) Update existing test installation using RHN beta channel

Once you have logged in to RHN, click on the "Channels" tab and choose the appropriate child channel entitled "<product name> Beta". Click on the "Target Systems" subtab, and select all of the non-production, test systems you want to participate in the beta program. Click on the "subscribe" button to apply the selection(s).

Once the beta channel has been subscribed, run the following command from a shell prompt on each target system to update any packages for which new versions exist:


You will see a list of packages that are available to be installed. Select all packages and step through the instructions. Note: you will optionally be able to skip installation of the kernel. Do not skip the kernel! Be sure to select it as well for installation.

For more information, Red Hat Network user guides and FAQs are available on the RHN website at

* Note: Systems that are updated with the beta update will not be upgradeable to the official update. A fresh install will be required to ensure support! *

Bug Reporting


Red Hat customers with active support contracts should report their bugs through Red Hat support at:

Red Hat partners with Issue Tracker accounts should report their bugs through the Issue Tracker interface at:

All other testers should report bugs via the public Bugzilla tool (filed against product "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Beta" and release "rhel4-update") at:

Mailing Lists


Red Hat has created public mailing list for communication during this and all future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 beta programs.


A low-volume, moderated, announcement-only mailing list. Red Hat will use this list to communicate one-way information about RHEL 4 beta programs, such as notifications when updates are available or solicitations for beta feedback. Subscribe at:


A public general discussion mailing list for beta testers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 updates. Subscribe at:

Thank you for participating in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 beta program.


The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 Beta Release Notes

Copyright (c) 2005 Red Hat, Inc.



The following topics are covered in this document:

o Changes to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation program (Anaconda)

o General information

o Changes to drivers and hardware support

o Changes to packages

Installation Related Notes

The following section includes information specific to installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Anaconda installation program.


In order to upgrade an already-installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 system to Update 2, you must use Red Hat Network to update those packages that have changed.

You may use Anaconda to perform a fresh installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 or to perform an upgrade from the latest updated version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

o If you are copying the contents of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 CD-ROMs (in preparation for a network-based installation, for example) be sure you copy the CD-ROMs for the operating system only. Do not copy the Extras CD-ROM, or any of the layered product CD-ROMs, as this will overwrite files necessary for Anaconda's proper operation.

These CD-ROMs must be installed after Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been installed.

General Information

This section contains general information not specific to any other section of this document.

o In RPM versions 4.1 and greater (included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and later releases), the rpm command no longer uses the name of the package to determine what is being upgraded or freshened (the -U or -F flags, respectively). Instead, rpm analyzes both what the package provides and the package name. This change was made in order to support obsoleting of packages based on what it provides rather than package names only.

However, this has led to behavior changes between pre-4.1 and post-4.1 versions of rpm when using the -U or -F flags to install newer versions of packages.

For example, if you have both the kernel and kernel-smp packages installed and issue the following command:

rpm -F kernel-<version>.rpm

The kernel-smp package will be entirely removed, leaving only an upgraded kernel package. This is because both packages provide kernel capabilities and the kernel package is the primary provider of kernel capabilities because the name of the package is an exact match, which means that the kernel package obsoletes the kernel-smp package.

Therefore, it is not recommended that users use the -F or -U flag when upgrading kernels. Use the -i flag instead.

o The current ext3 file system limit in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 is 8 terabytes. The e2fsprogs package has been updated to adhere to this file system limit.

Kernel Notes

This section contains notes relating to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 kernel.

o The diskdump facility has been updated in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2. diskdump is an automated system that saves data from system memory in the event of a kernel panic or oops.

The updated version of diskdump can now be configured to save partial dumps of memory, which can be useful if, for example, you want to save only kernel memory during a panic on a system with a large amount of memory. For more information, refer to the documentation included with the diskdumputils package:


o In-kernel key management support has been added to the kernel in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2. This facility permits the association of sets of keys (keyrings) with processes for filesystems (such as OpenAFS) and other applicable subsystems.

This facility is enabled by means of the CONFIG_KEYS option in the kernel configuration. Keys can then be manipulated via the keyctl utility in the keyutils package.

o The kernel shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 features an update of the OpenIPMI module. OpenIPMI is an open source implementation designed for monitoring and management of server and telecommunications components that support the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) standard.

o Kernel and user support for the system call audit subsystem has been improved in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2. The auditing subsystem can be used by administrators to monitor and control system calls on a granular, per-file basis.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 2 contains enhanced support for audit subsystem userspace services and utilities.

The auditd daemon receives audit records from the kernel and saves them to a log file. The auditd variables such as output file configuration and log file disk usage parameters can be configured in the /etc/auditd.conf file. For more information, refer to the auditd(8) and audit.conf(5) manual pages.

Administrators can also use the auditctl utility to change auditing parameters while the auditd daemon is running. For more information, refer to the auditctl(8) manual page.

Changes to Drivers and Hardware Support

This update includes bug fixes for a number of drivers. The more significant driver updates are listed below. In some cases, the original driver has been preserved under a different name, and is available as a non-default alternative for organizations that wish to migrate their driver configuration to the latest versions at a later time.


The migration to the latest drivers should be completed before the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux update is applied, because in most cases only one older-revision driver will be preserved for each update.