rpm upgrades segfaulting FC1

Brian Hankins bhankins at micahtek.com
Wed May 5 13:29:21 UTC 2004

Panu Matilainen wrote:

>On Tue, 4 May 2004, Brian Hankins wrote:
>>I am having some trouble with rpm upgrades, while installing new 
>>packages works fine. This is what I see when running this:
>># rpm -Uvh package.rpm
>>There is a backstory to this actually. One day I was running the 
>>upgrades as normal through the graphical up2date tool, and I upgraded 
>>something like 6 packages at once. This was about a month and a half ago 
>>when openssl needed an update. When I rebooted, all kinds of stuff began 
>>segfaulting after some research and straces we ended up forcing a 
>>reinstall of the openssl package(just trying to ssh into another machine 
>>was segfaulting as well). After that everything seemed to be working 
>>well, except for rpm which segfaults everytime I  try to upgrade a 
>>package, which is hindering me from updating the system. I had something 
>>like this happen in an older version of redhat so I used:
>># rpm --rebuilddb
>>I was still running into the same issue, and I went to deleted the db files:
>># rm /var/lib/rpm/__db*
>>The problem still happens, so I grabbed the rpm of rpm from the install 
>>cd and upgraded it with: "rpm -Uvh --force" which ends up displaying the 
>>status hashes like its installing, but segfaults after that point. I 
>>could not find anything beneficial in my investigation in the logs or 
>>and strace of running rpm, granted I am not an expert on it. I would 
>>appreciate any suggestions, or help on a fix or workaround, or what else 
>>I need to look for. Thanks alot.
>The rpm binary is quite unlikely to be corrupt, reinstalling package 
>doesn't typically "fix it" on Linux :)
>There's probably something corrupt in the rpmdb, if --rebuilddb doesn't 
>cure it then you can try the alternative method:
>Take a backup:
># cd /var/lib
># tar czvf /tmp/rpmdb.tar.gz rpm
>Do a basic verify of the packages db:
># cd /var/lib/rpm
># /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_verify Packages 
>Repair it:
># mv Packages Packages-ORIG
># /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_dump Packages-ORIG | /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_load Packages
>See if it worked:
># rpm -qa
>If that works ok then rebuild indices:
># rpm --rebuilddb
>.and you should be ready to go. If it still segfaults file a bug to 
>	- Panu -
Thanks for everyone's advice so far. I am not ready to try the rescue CD 
suggestion yet as this is a production webserver that I can not bring 
down at the moment, however I did try Panu's suggestion. It did not fix 
my problem in this instance however, but I thank you and will be 
submitting a bug on this. For anyone who reads this thread later, the 
tools Panu mentions are in the rpm-devel package. Thanks again.

Brian Hankins

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