CentOS 5.6 Release Notes
Last updated: June 18th, 2011
- Install Media and sha1sum
- Known Issues
- Resolved Issues
- Changes made by CentOS
- How to help and get help
- Further Reading
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Welcome to the CentOS 5.6 release. CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by our Upstream OS Provider (UOP)1.
CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is a Free Operating System.
CentOS 5.6 is the sixth update to the CentOS 5 distribution series. It contains a lot of bugfixes, updates and new functionality. Before reading any further we advise you to read the UOP Release Notes and Technical Notes. The rest of this document is an addendum and primarily covers CentOS-specific issues.
3. Install Media and sha1sum
-------------------------------------------- i386 media and their sha1sums are: 90bede4d0fd898b5c707c1286090e104c7549e65 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-1of7.iso 55d2e6715f20321f3133260e00626275a04ce135 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-2of7.iso e2456baf35f444d8ae31656e7879b7bcf6b5ad80 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-3of7.iso 165531a4dec87215379732c0ab8caa5689bf6044 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-4of7.iso ee084789533a5db41e96d064af2dc071976a09c6 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-5of7.iso 7669dabc486450315ccce87ab945e508252b02ca CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-6of7.iso ed9bf4539a68d7a86408e1cc56c37f68b1941df8 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-7of7.iso e44a55ef06293c3958a2b6aae3c3ce2d13580627 CentOS-5.6-i386-bin-DVD.iso 5ff43eb45051f804219d7e795b4f830dd2aa815c CentOS-5.6-i386-netinstall.iso bfa3146fecbe5dd6820f8261851baa4951b80cb6 CentOS-5.6-i386-LiveCD.iso -------------------------------------------- x86_64 media and their sha1sums are: 2b16a64a0b4d68a6b4263bffdbc5f99c3daf9070 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-1of8.iso d7e112eae4ee24538d41ec7955747526c71329ad CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-2of8.iso 3c36e8d2b211455efb418f3b221395b39bbed9f4 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-3of8.iso 68bfccf66bc0464ef4aded146320792ab22a2d3c CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-4of8.iso 9287112b062f4c26de2cf65eddfba121e485c852 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-5of8.iso f8fed9a75ff845a0a2b77126099ae9af9c24f29e CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-6of8.iso 0ccafbcfd28f71db18752d58ffe3b4efd97d6f0d CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-7of8.iso 4061355f409cab0f6c9cc4b4c52e6f4edb41b0c8 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-8of8.iso 99d97759316b0bec729fc85fcb4df33310d9eeb3 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-DVD-1of2.iso e28d90718d591c833d07d0b86f0d3d3486dc454c CentOS-5.6-x86_64-bin-DVD-2of2.iso 6b8ff7f955ba9c0f86ab0a1d71aaee8e3b4c6976 CentOS-5.6-x86_64-netinstall.iso --------------------------------------------
4. Known Issues
As of CentOS 5.5, x86_64 is split into two DVDs. If you need the additional language packs for OpenOffice (OOo), you can no longer just loop mount the DVD iso and run an install from it. You will either need to do a 'cp -al' and regenerate the metadata or install the langpack packages after the rest of the system. Installs not requiring the additional OOo language packs should run using only DVD#1.
If upgrading from a CentOS 5 release earlier than 5.5 the following procedure is advised:
yum clean all yum update glibc\* yum update yum\* rpm\* pyth\* yum clean all yum update mkinitrd nash yum update selinux\* yum update shutdown -r now
Because of this bug httpd fails to start after existing systems are updated from an older CentOS 5 release to CentOS 5.6. The workaround is described here. This only happens when you have SSL enabled and mod_nss installed for your webserver.
An encounter with upstream bug #674394 with scsi-target-utils for iscsi clients accessing large volumes has been reported by a forum user. The recommended workaround is to downgrade scsi-target-utils to the 5.5 version.
If you are using the qcow2 disk image type on your KVM virtual machines, you may need to edit the XML file for your virtual machine (<VM_Name>.xml file in /etc/libvirt/qemu/). You want to look in the <disk type='file' device='disk'> section of the file and find any type="raw" and change it to type="qcow2".
A forum user encountered a hang on kernel-PAE during a yum upgrade and has posted a solution.
It has been reported on the ML that sound stopped working with an Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (snd-hda-intel) after updating. Use of the ELRepo kmod-alsa kABI-tracking module corrected the issue.
A CentOS Virtualization ML user reported that VMware Server 2 failed to work after an upgrade. Another user reported that the solution is the removal of the old glibc recommended for use in CentOS Bug# 3884.
A forum user noted a problem installing nspr-devel. The versions of the 5.6 packages appear to yum to be older than those from 5.5 updates.
There is a problem with the distributed conga stack luci/ricci packages, as reported in CentOS Bug #4799 which also provides a workaround.
There is an issue with using greater than 3GB on some platforms where the user might see the error "pci_mmcfg_init marking 256MB space uncacheable" (upstream bug 581933). If you get this error, you need to add this to your kernel line in /boot/grub/grub.conf, acpi_mcfg_max_pci_bus_num=on.
5. Resolved Issues
Up to (and including) CentOS 5.5 the installer offered the option to enable the CentOS Extras repository by activating a preset menu entry. Unfortunately an Anaconda installation bug made the installer crash if this option was enabled. In CentOS 5.6 this predefined menu entry has been removed. CentOS Extras can still be used during the installation but it must be manually introduced just like any other additional repository.
6.1. New repositories
Starting with CentOS 5.6, the centos-release package includes the required configuration files needed to access the debuginfo and vault repositories which previously had to be downloaded separately. CentOS-Debuginfo.repo contains the debuginfo packages (needed among other uses for systemtap) while CentOS-Vault.repo contains the previous (and no longer supported) minor releases of CentOS 5.
6.2. New packages in 5.6 that were not present in 5.5
6.3. Packages that have been upgraded in 5.6 since the 5.5 release
Note: The python package has been split in 3 subpackages (python-libs, python and python-devel instead of the former python and python-devel split).
6.4. Packages removed by upstream in 5.6 that were present in 5.5
6.5. Packages released as 5.5 updates with older packages on the 5.6 install media
These packages are now in the updates repository for CentOS 5.6.
7. Changes made by CentOS
7.1. Packages modified by CentOS
7.2. Packages removed from CentOS that are included upstream
7.3. Packages added by CentOS that are not included upstream
8. How to help and get help
As a CentOS user there are various ways you can help out with the CentOS community. Take a look at our Contribute page for further information on how to get involved.
8.1. Special Interest Groups
CentOS consists of different Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that bring together people with similar interests. The following SIGs already exist:
Artwork - create and improve artwork for CentOS releases and promotion
Promotion - help promoting CentOS online or at events
Virtualization - unite people around virtualization in CentOS
And we encourage people to join any of these SIGs or start up a new SIG, e.g.
- Alpha, S390, Sparc and PPC port - help with porting CentOS to other architectures
- Hardware compatibility - provide feedback about specific hardware
- RPM Packaging - contribute new useful RPM packages
- Translation - help translating the documentation, website and wiki content
8.2. Mailinglists and Fora
8.3. Wiki and Website
Even as an inexperienced CentOS user we can use your help. Because we like to know what problems you encountered, if you had problems finding specific information, how you would improve documentation so it becomes more accessible. This kind of feedback is as valuable to others as it would have been to you so your involvement is required to make CentOS better.
So if you want to help out and improve our documentation and wiki, register on the wiki or subscribe to the centos-docs mailinglist.
9. Further Reading
The following websites contain large amounts of information to help people with their CentOS systems :
Upstream release notes and documentation : http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/5/index.html
We thank everyone involved for helping us produce this product.
Copyright (C) 2011 The CentOS Project