Like any other system it is important to keep Void Linux up to date.

In general Void should be updated with an XBPS invocation:

# xbps-install -Su

Note: XBPS must use a separate transaction to update itself. If your first update includes the package xbps, you will need to run an additional update for the rest of the system.

Restarting Services

If you are installing Void in production or otherwise have long lived services, its important to note that XBPS does not restart services when they are updated. This task is left to the administrator so they can orchestrate maintenance windows, ensure reasonable backup capacity, and generally be present for service upgrades.

To find processes running different versions than are present on disk, use the xcheckrestart tool provided by the xtools package:

# xbps-install -S xtools
$ xcheckrestart
11339 /opt/google/chrome/chrome (deleted) (google-chrome)

xcheckrestart will print out the PID, path to the executable, status of the path that was launched (almost always deleted) and the process name.

xcheckrestart can and should be run as an unprivileged user.

Kernel Panic after Update

Your system likely ran out of space in /boot. XBPS installs kernels and requests that hooks such as DKMS and Dracut be run, but it doesn't remove kernels that are obsolete. This is left as a task for the administrator to permit the retention of obsolete but still booted or known working kernels.

Remove kernels with vkpurge(8).