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Re: Dealing with 94 rpmnew files on new FC4 install after yum update

Paul Howarth wrote:
On Thu, 2006-05-04 at 15:13 -0700, Roger wrote:
I have just installed FC4 on a new PC and ran yum update. The yum update created 94 .rpmnew files. Most of these end with .conf.rpmnew and the others end with /config/xxxxx.rpmnew.

I understand these to be application configuration files that were not installed by yum because there may have been local customizations. In normal circumstances, I should review each .rpmnew file against its counterpart and determine if if the configuration files can be swapped by renaming or if the .rpmnew file must first be edited. However, at least a few of the .rpmnew files seem to be binary and I do not know the function of each application that has an .rpmnew file.

Because this is a new installation (I have customized my monitor settings and made a static IP address), a guess is that I just want all the .rpmnew files installed -- and maybe the existing files renamed to .rpmold just in case. Is there an installation option that I missed or is there a cleanup script somewhere to deal with this problem? Would use of smart (or apt) instead of yum have resulted in fewer problems?

Are you by any chance using x86_64 and are many of these files
associated with packages that you have both .x86_64 and .i386 versions
installed? A common cause of spurious .rpmnew file generation is when
multiple packages own the same config file (as is the case described
above, and also for example /etc/vimrc).


Yes, I am using x86_64 and the rpmnew files seem to be consistent with packages that have .i386 versions. I tried removing a few (alsa-lib.i386, apr.i386, and SDL.i386) and yum showed no dependencies and removed them. When I entered a remove command for the x86_64 counterparts, yum showed many dependencies so I did not remove them. So now the question is why do I have these .386 versions and is it a good idea to remove them all?

I should note that I am trying to install MythTV and after the initial yum update I added atrpms as a yum repository. atrpms seems to be a bit flakey (sometimes there and sometimes not), but I think all the rpmnew files predated my adding atrpms as a repository. I could do a clean install again to verify that as I am having trouble getting lirc to install correctly.


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