Installing RealPlayer RPM trashed RPM database! How to fix?

James J. Ramsey jjramsey_6x9eq42 at
Sun Nov 9 15:17:54 UTC 2003

--- Lamar Owen <lowen at> wrote:
> On Saturday 08 November 2003 08:52 pm, James J.
> Ramsey wrote:
> > I found that I can easily trash the RPM database
> with
> > two commands:
> > LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.19 rpm -Uvh \
> > rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm
> Why did you do the LD_ASSUME_KERNEL during the rpm
> installation?

Because when the RealPlayer RPM is installed, it pops
up a dialog for entering user information, connection
speed, and then it pops up RealPlayer itself.

> Wouldn't 
> that break the NPTL RPM stuff, creating the
> corruption?

What *I* had understood was that while older apps
choked with NPTL, up-to-date apps could work either
way. I never read anything about LD_ASSUME_KERNEL
breaking anything.

> Asking that RPM be resilient from this maluse would
> be like asking Unix to not 
> delete the whole filesystem when executing as root
> 'rm -rf /' .

That's a bit much, considering not only that rpm
predates NPTL, but that there was nothing in the
release notes that indicated that LD_ASSUME_KERNEL
could do anything worse than reduce performance a bit.

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