Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9 GA Announcement
Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the latest
update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, release 4.9 (with
kernel-2.6.9-100.EL) for a family of products including:
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
Itanium Processor Family, S/390, System p and System z
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
and Itanium Processor Family
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 for x86, AMD64/Intel(r) 64,
and Itanium Processor Family
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 4 for x86 and
The Technical Notes are only available online. Please see the
Documentation section in this announcement for locating the online
Release Notes and Technical Notes.
This is the final minor release for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. With
this release Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will be entering Production 3
phase during which qualified security Errata Advisories of critical
impact, as well as, selected urgent priority bug-fix errata may be
For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux Life Cycle please
The Release Notes are available online. Please see the Documentation
section in this announcement for locating the online Release Notes.
Additional information is provided below on Accessing the Software,
Documentation, Release Notes, Support, and Mailing Lists.
Enjoy the latest update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team
Accessing the Software
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9 is available to existing Red Hat
Enterprise Linux subscribers via Red Hat Network (RHN). You will be
required to log in using a valid RHN account with active entitlements.
Before upgrading, ensure that the system has the most recent version
of the up2date tool installed by running the command
Installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9 is completed by
upgrading from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8. To update a Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4.8 installation, first ensure that the system is
subscribed to the 4.9 channel, then use the up2date command:
There is no media kit available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9.
Known Issues Related to Installation
Broken dependencies in the up2date-4.8.1-33.el4_8.9 package may
result in an update of the up2date package failing. Consequently,
if the up2date-4.8.1-33.el4_8.9, package is installed on a system
the new up2date package must be manually downloaded from the Red
Hat Network and installed using the rpm command.
Updating all packages from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 to Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4.9 on multilib architectures may fail with
dependency issues for the openmpi-libs package. To work around
this issue, use the following commands to update the compat-dapl
package before updating the remaining packages:
Due to a known issue, if you are subscribed to the Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4 Extras channel and have the HelixPlayer
package installed on your system, you must first manually remove
the HelixPlayer package before updating the system to Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 4.9. You can manually uninstall HelixPlayer by
running the following command:
rpm -e HelixPlayer
Failing to uninstall the HelixPlayer package before updating
your system may cause up2date to fail to update all packages to
their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9 versions.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 errata are available at:
Errata Advisories describing specific changes in 4.9 are
available online at:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.9 Release Notes are available below.
The most up to date version of the online Release Notes will be
Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers using the Technical
Account Manager (TAM) Service should raise all issues and
questions with this release using your current Issue
Tracker account. If you’re interested in the Technical
Account Manager Service, visit:
All other customers can raise questions and issues through
the normal Red Hat support channels. Details can be found
Red Hat has a public mailing list for communication during
this and all future Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 programs.
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Red Hat will use this list to communicate one-way
information about RHEL 4 programs, such as notifications
when releases are available or solicitations for feedback.
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