yum update so slow

seth vidal skvidal at fedoraproject.org
Mon Sep 24 12:11:26 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-09-24 at 11:45 +0200, Jochen Schlick wrote:
> Hi, I have a laptop where rawhide is installed since the days
> of Fedora Core 1. It has only 256MB ram so updating using yum
> was always like a lame duck but nowadays it's really a crap.
> Last friday the yum update process crashed when yum wants
> to update the rpm library package. At least the line with the rpm
> package was the last one displayed before the laptop was dead.
> After reboot I had to overwrite some corrupted rpmlibs from an
> other rawhide system - ok shit happens sometimes - to get rpm
> work again - I verified this by installing some glibc/kde-rpms
> via rpm directly yesterday.
> After a clean reboot and stopping all services (to save ram) I
> tried a new update via yum yesterday evening .....
>   -- dependency resolving was successful - after 30 minutes
>   -- then yum displays that it wants to pull 300 Meg (~70 packages)
>   -- after pressing "y" nothing more or less visible happens
>      for at least two hours.
>   -- and now, this morning after eight hours: 2 packages updated
>      (and a glibc error message about a double free...)
>   -- with this update "speed" I will have an "up to date" system
>      in 12 days... :-(

You're almost definitely swapping. Take a look at your memory use and
see if that is the case.


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