Output of "uname -r" does not display complete installed kernel RPM version

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
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The output of the command "uname -r" returns for example:


Whereas looking at the actual installed RPM information it shows:



This is the expected behaviour and is not an indication of a problem.


Additional Information

To break down the output of our example "kernel-default-4.4.114-92.64.1.x86_64":

kernel-default-: This is the package name. For kernel packages "default" (after dash in name) is the kernel flavor.
4.4.114-: This is the kernel version.
92.64: Package release.
.1: The build counter.
.x86_64: The kernel architecture.

The build counter is not reported in "uname -r" because it is for build service bookkeeping and does not denote a change in the kernel package.


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  • Document ID:7022701
  • Creation Date: 02-Mar-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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