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Re: In a pickle with updating

On Fri, 21 Feb 2003, Harry Putnam wrote:

> I've gotten myself into quite a pickle with todays attempt to update.
> up2date -u showed these:
>   lynx-2.8.5-7.1.i386.rpm   pam-devel-0.75-46.8.0.i386.rpm
>   pam-0.75-46.8.0.i386.rpm  shadow-utils-20000902-12.8.i386.rpm
> I downloaded them since I have up2date set to only download.  Had a
> look, then ran up2date -u -i -k /var/spool/up2date  which in my case
> would just rescan for needed packages then install them from where I
> downloaded them. Its how I've been doing it for a while now.
> The installation started ok, with lynx.  Ran through the hash siqns
>   lynx ################################## 100 percent
> And then just stopped, but never returned the prompt.  I thought
> maybe a network drop might cause that, if up2date was still talking
> to rhn.  But no, its something worse.
> I killed that process and ran `rpm -q lynx' to see if that had gotten
> installed.  Again the process hung.  
> So I guessed it may be related to the `pam' stuff somehow.  So tried
> `rpm -Uvh pam*.rpm'.  Again it just hangs.  Tailing /var/log/messages
> gives nothing usefull about this that I can see.
> I can't run any rpm commands as root or even with sudo without it just
> hanging.  User can run rpm commands fine.
> I'm reasonably sure its related to a failed install of pam rpms in
> some way, but can't see anything to do about it.  
> Maybe going to telinit 1 and shuting down everthing shuttable will be
> a way out.
> Wondered if anyone else had seen anything weird like this?

yes, have it seen 2 or 3 times, it's more or less a feature.  To
work-around, you have to recreate the rpm database.  You will see that
lynx got installed, and the rest not.



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