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Re: yum db error - what to do?

On Thu, 1 Feb 2007, Dave Stevens wrote:

trying to do yuom install scribus I get this:

Component: Software Installer
Summary: TB6b5e0e87 config.py:661:_getsysver:TypeError: rpmdb open

This is one of two problems.

Either it is the rpm locking problem (which is a known issue). Reboot the machine and see if the problem goes away. If it does, then it is a known issue.

I have also seen some problems where yum errors out. Running "yum clean all" seems to fix the problem.

If those two fail try "rpm --rebuilddb".

Hope that helps.

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/sbin/system-install-packages", line 243, in ?
 File "/usr/sbin/system-install-packages", line 236, in main
   pkginst = SinglePackageInstaller()
 File "/usr/sbin/system-install-packages", line 57, in __init__
   GraphicalYumBase.__init__(self, False)
 File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/pirut/__init__.py", line 124,
 File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/__init__.py", line 125, in
   self.conf = config.readMainConfig(startupconf)
 File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/config.py", line 598, in
   yumvars['releasever'] = _getsysver(startupconf.installroot,
 File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/yum/config.py", line 661, in
   idx = ts.dbMatch('provides', distroverpkg)
TypeError: rpmdb open failed

Local variables in innermost frame:
installroot: /
ts: <rpmUtils.transaction.TransactionWrapper instance at 0x9323b0c>
distroverpkg: redhat-release

I get very similar messages doing just yum with no arguments.



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