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Enhancement Advisory watchdog enhancement update

Advisory: RHEA-2009:1327-1
Type: Product Enhancement Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2009-09-02
Last updated on: 2009-09-02
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

Details

A watchdog update (re-based to upstream version 5.6) that applies several
fixes and enhancements is now available.

The watchdog package provides a user-space application which can be
configured to provide updates to a hardware or software watchdog timer via
the Linux kernel's watchdog interface.

This version of the watchdog package is now re-based to upstream version
5.6. (BZ#446123)

This re-base several bug fixes and enhancements, including:

* The watchdog package was missing a required file, MNTTAB. This made it
possible for watchdog to crash when the mnt_off() function initiated a
shutdown. The missing MNTTAB file is now included with this version,
thereby avoiding any possible crashes.

* /usr/share/doc/watchdog-5.6/examples/another-chance.sh script is now
included. This script can be used as a repair binary, which can allow for
several test failures before finally rebooting.

* Several bugs in the wd_keepalive program are now fixed. With this
release, wd_keepalive now honors all command line options. In addition,
wd_keepalive now requires a watchdog device to be configured properly.

Users of watchdog are advised to upgrade to this new version.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

SRPMS:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.src.rpm     MD5: ad9ad5df992f1c3731e2dbfef6e55bcb
 
IA-32:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 26d707374105f7565fb735013d5a2430
 
IA-64:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.ia64.rpm     MD5: bbaaa231c9bc096e44879f486ecadda5
 
PPC:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.ppc.rpm     MD5: e750026ce1dd28535372eb2d3d921769
 
s390x:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.s390x.rpm     MD5: c722b4808b78fa11fa6ee3d62808a361
 
x86_64:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 0500eeb626222b60f2d303af0bb51e4e
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

SRPMS:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.src.rpm     MD5: ad9ad5df992f1c3731e2dbfef6e55bcb
 
IA-32:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.i386.rpm     MD5: 26d707374105f7565fb735013d5a2430
 
x86_64:
watchdog-5.6-1.el5.x86_64.rpm     MD5: 0500eeb626222b60f2d303af0bb51e4e
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

446123 - LTC:5.3:201635:Sync watchdog package to latest available upstream



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