RPM ate my RAM :)

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at courier-mta.com
Mon Dec 12 23:36:33 UTC 2005

Mark Greenbank writes:

> Hi,
> When I try and upgrade a particular package, shadow-utils-4.0.3-56.x86_64, 
> rpm starts to chew at the machine eventually exhausting my RAM and swap. 
> Has anyone else seen such a problem? Details are:

Randomly-deviant behavior from rpm is usually solved as follows:

rpm --rebuilddb

If this doesn't complete within an hour:

rm /var/lib/rpm/__db*
rpm --rebuilddb

And if that doesn't complete within an hour, you're boned.

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