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Re: yum update: Fatal error, run database recovery ??

On Sat, 18 Apr 2009, Panu Matilainen wrote:

No, the issue is that rpm died while in middle of Berkeley DB call which is something that obviously should not happen and this is a situation which doesn't get automatically cleaned up, so you need manual 'rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__*' to continue.

What made rpm die in this manner is another question, and typically pretty much impossible to figure out afterwards. Basically it either crashed or was kill -9'ed while in middle of operating on rpmdb. Filesystem bugs can/will certainly make rpm(db) blow up in dramatic ways, and there was some indication that early ext4 made rpm unhappy but haven't seen any "evidence" of ext4 being more problematic than ext3 recently. At some point (but fixed since AFAIK) canceling searches in PackageKit could trigger this due to using kill -9 on the backend.

You might want to check logs for segfaults from yum, rpm and related pieces. If there's nothing there... impossible to say.

or of PK. It seems like we've been seeing a lot of these when PK is running.


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