Re: rpm hangs for root

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On 11/19/06, Tony Nelson <[email protected]> wrote:
At 4:28 PM +0100 11/19/06, Andras Simon wrote:
>On a fully updated FC5 (as of say, 2 days ago), when started as root,
>rpm hangs even for simple queries. The last few things it does
>(according to strace) are:
>open("/var/lib/rpm/Name", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 4
>fcntl64(4, F_SETFD, FD_CLOEXEC)         = 0
>fstat64(4, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=40960, ...}) = 0
>futex(0xb7d32900, FUTEX_WAIT, 2, NULL
>This doesn't happen if I start rpm as a normal user (and has never
>happened before for root). I see no selinux related messages in the
>Any ideas?

rpm --verifydb   # an undocumented option

(or "rpm -vv --verifydb" for verbose output)

If there is a problem (and I think there is), but the Packages file is OK,
"rpm --rebuilddb" (as root, I think).
I didn't know about the --verifydb option, so, after googling a bit, I
just did an rpm --rebuilddb (after making a backup of the db), and it
solved the problem. But next time I'll try the -verifydb bit. (I'm too
lazy to restore the old db now just to see what rpm --verifydb says.)
Thanks for the suggestion!


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