[Yum] Strange hang...

Robert G. Brown rgb at phy.duke.edu
Wed Nov 1 13:58:09 UTC 2006

On Wed, 1 Nov 2006, seth vidal wrote:

> rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*
> rpm --rebuilddb

Yes this was exactly it.  yum -d 10 showed the hang was at the rpmdb
read, so I could figure it out.

Is there any reasonable/safe way to make this automagical?  Check for
the existence of __db* files at the start of the rpmdb segment and exit
with a warning and instructions on how to fix if it is locked/hung?
Having yum just "go away" forever, immune to Ctrl-C and other mundane
ways of interrupting it puts it (and yumex, which also hangs) beyond the
reach of non-systems-guru type users.  With command line yum perhaps
that is a reasonable assumption, but yumex can be run by anyone and a
hard hang (no matter what the cause) is a bug and will lead to immense
frustration on the part of not-so-expert users.


> see if it fixes it.
> thanks,
> -sv
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