4.3 Installing Ksplice Uptrack

If you have an Oracle Linux Premier Support account and you have registered to use Oracle Ksplice, you can configure your registered systems to use Ksplice Uptrack through the Ksplice for Oracle Linux channel on ULN by using yum.

The system on which you want to install Ksplice Uptrack must meet the following criteria:

  • The system must be registered with ULN.

  • The operating system must be Oracle Linux 5 or Oracle Linux 6 with a supported version of either the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel or the Red Hat Compatible Kernel installed. You can verify the kernel version by using the uname -a command. See Section 4.1.1, “Supported Kernels”.

  • The kernel that is running currently is assumed to be the one that you want to update. Ksplice Uptrack applies updates only to the running kernel.

  • The system must have access to the Internet.

To install Ksplice Uptrack from ULN:

  1. Log in as root on the system.

  2. If you use an Internet proxy, configure the HTTP and HTTPS settings for the proxy in the shell.

    • For the sh, ksh, or bash shells, use commands such as the following:

      # http_proxy=http://proxy_URL:http_port
      # https_proxy=http://proxy_URL:https_port
      # export http_proxy https_proxy

      For the csh shell, use commands such as the following:

      # setenv http_proxy=http://proxy_URL:http_port
      # setenv https_proxy=http://proxy_URL:https_port
  3. Using a browser, log in at http://linux.oracle.com with the ULN user name and password that you used to register the system, and perform the following steps:

    1. On the Systems tab, click the link named for your system in the list of registered machines.

    2. On the System Details page, click Manage Subscriptions.

    3. On the System Summary page, select the Ksplice for Oracle Linux channel for the correct release and your system's architecture (i386 or x86_64) from the list of available channels and click the right arrow (>) to move it to the list of subscribed channels.

    4. Click Save Subscriptions and log out of the ULN.

  4. On your system, use yum to install the uptrack package.

    # yum install -y uptrack

    The access key for Ksplice Uptrack is retrieved from ULN and added to /etc/uptrack/uptrack.conf, for example:

    accesskey = 0e1859ad8aea14b0b4306349142ce9160353297daee30240dab4d61f4ea4e59b
  5. To enable the automatic installation of updates, change the following entry in /etc/uptrack/uptrack.conf:

    autoinstall = no

    so that it reads:

    autoinstall = yes

For information about configuring Ksplice Uptrack, see Section 4.4, “Configuring Ksplice Uptrack”.

For information about managing Ksplice updates, see Section 4.5, “Managing Ksplice Updates”.