Re: [Fedora] Re: yum crashes

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On Thu, 21 Oct 2010, Michael Schwendt wrote:

On Wed, 20 Oct 2010 19:41:15 -0430, Patrick wrote:

On Wed, 2010-10-20 at 23:02 +0200, Walter Cazzola wrote:
today I got a machine fail (a blackout) during a yum update and after
Have you tried running "yum-complete-transaction" yet?
yes I did (it was suggested by yum itself) but this didn't solve the

that all my attempt to update my machine end with the following error:

What you're seeing is a yum error (actually a repo out of synch in all
likelihood), not a yum crash. Announcing that yum crashes is a serious
issue. A repo inconsistency is liable to go away on its own.
Where does this "repo out of synch" theory come from?
When an x86_64 multiarch repo is updated, its metadata contains matching
(!) pairs of x86_64 and i686 packages [1]. That is, same version and
release, because the packages are built from the same src.rpm, and the
multiarch repo compose tool fetches the packages from the same build. A
repo that is "out of sync" either doesn't offer the latest metadata at all
or doesn't carry all packages yet - 404 Not Found errors. But Yum would
not proceed with installing updates if packages referred to in the
metadata are not found. The only case when a multiarch package like
postgresql-libs would differ in version-release between x86_64 and i686
would be if the repo compose tool contained a bug (or the packages were
changed in a way they would not be selected for multiarch anymore).
well, I don't know if it is a repo out of synch or my local db broken
but my problem still persist even if it is limited to the i686 version
of postgresql-libs and I can live with it. And probably in the next few
days a new version of the package will be distributed that solves my


Walter Cazzola, PhD - Assistant Professor, DICo, University of Milano
E-mail [email protected] Ph.: +39 02 503 16300  Fax: +39 02 503 16253
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