May I safely execute yum-complete-transaction?

Seth Vidal skvidal at
Mon Nov 16 16:43:57 UTC 2009

On Sun, 15 Nov 2009, Paul Johnson wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 3:01 PM, Clemens Eisserer <linuxhippy at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I had a power shortage while I ran "yum update". After booting up, yum
>> told me to run yum-complete-transaction.
>> However yum-complete-transaction reported (see attachement), it would:
>> Install       7 Package(s)
>> Upgrade     205 Package(s)
>> Remove      209 Package(s)
>> So I canceld, afraid of having a lot of stiff accidentially removed.
>> Is it safe to let yum-complete-transaction continue?
>> Thanks, Clemens
> Watch out!
> Same happened to me and I mistakenly let it proceed.  It removed lots
> and lots of VITAL packages.  As far as I can see, it acted as if it
> has installed the new updates, but it had not.  Then it removed very
> imprortant things and it was very difficult to recover.
> I'd like to know how to "clear" the yum system so that
> yum-complete-transaction does not think it needs to "help" me any
> more.

yum-complete-transaction --cleanup-only

which is in the --help output.

Also if you have a good case could you run the latest 
yum-complete-transaction from here:;a=blob_plain;;hb=c5fae0afe3f88a66757a432657d765c343e7bd4d

it adds some more error checking and in my tests it does a pretty good 


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