What constitutes an “update” in RHEL?

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Dell OpenManage is certified on certain updates on RHEL releases. We recently tried to install OpenManage on RHEL 4 update 2 and the IPMI driver would not load. Support told me that I needed to get to update 6 in order for it to work. Instead, I only updated the kernel and kernel-devel package and was able to get OpenManage to work. However, when I look at /etc/redhat-release, it still says update 2. My question is, what does it take for that the file to officially get updated to the next "update" number? I know that if I do a full update through up2date, the OS will get updated. What is the specific part of the update that tells the OS to now display that it is at the next "update" release?
ASKED: July 16, 2009  3:11 PM
UPDATED: July 22, 2009  5:03 PM

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I don’t know the exact policy, but once you install a certain level of updated packages, you’ve fulfilled the requirements to reach the next update level and /etc/issue (if you haven’t modified it) and /etc/redhat-release get updated to reflect the new version.

In other words, the package levels installed match or exceed the levels provided by a new install from media at a certain update level.

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  • Sds9985
    The files /etc/redhat-release and /etc/issue are provided by the package "redhat-release-XServer" where X is the Red Hat version (3,4,5). For instance, redhat-release-5Server-5.3.0.3.x86_64. If you update the system from the CD/DVD for a release, this package moves you up to that release level when installed. If you're receiving updates via yum, the redhat-release-XServer package is updated when all of the packages that comprise the new release are available for update in the repository.
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