[Yum] newbie question: /var/cache/yum/base/header.info cannot be found

Jeff Sheltren sheltren at cs.ucsb.edu
Sat Mar 13 18:26:39 UTC 2004


What version of yum are you using?

Try an 'rm -fr /var/cache/yum/base' and then run yum update again.

-Jeff

On Sat, 2004-03-13 at 10:12, Jim Garrison wrote:
> I've been using up2date wity yum repositories, but want to try
> switching to using yum directly. All attempts to run yum result
> in this message.
> 
> > [jhg at athena etc]$ yum update
> > Gathering header information file(s) from server(s)
> > Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Base
> > Error - /var/cache/yum/base/header.info cannot be found
> > Please ask your sysadmin to update the headers on this system.
> 
> Does "this system" refer to mine or the server?
> 
> If it's mine, how do I create header.info?
> If it's the server, why's it trying to access something in /var,
> which it can't possibly get to through http: or ftp:?
> 
> /etc/yum.conf (excerpt)
> 
> > [base]
> > name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base
> > baseurl=http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/fedora/linux/core/$releasever/$basearch/os/
> 
> Misleading error message aside, I assume yum wants me to build an initial
> database of what's actually installed on my system, and put it in
> /var/cache/yum/base.  However, a thorough search of the yum website,
> the yum RPM contents and Google Groups turned up nothing on initial
> configuration and how to set things up.
> 
> A pointer to this information would be most welcome
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Jim Garrison
> jhg at acm.org
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