yum issues with RedHat 5 servers

George Magklaras georgios at biotek.uio.no
Thu Jan 15 15:37:59 UTC 2009

I confirm that we face the same problem with various servers and we 
attribute this to RHN capacity issues. We had some luck if we delete the 
/var/spool/up2date/loginAuth.pkl in some of our boxes. For others we 
have not managed.

Does anyone know if there is a redhat bugzilla report for this? This 
might raise the status of the issue. If I do not find one, I shall raise 


George Magklaras BSc Hons MPhil

Senior Computer Systems Engineer/UNIX-Linux Systems Administrator
EMBnet Technical Management Board
The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo,
University of Oslo

Aaron Bliss wrote:
> Hi all,
> On a consistent basis, several RedHat 5 servers produce the following error
> when attempting to update the boxes:
> error was [Errno -1] Metadata file does not match checksum
> Googling this error, I've tried:
> yum clean all
> yum clean metadata
> rm -rf /var/cache/yum/*
> None of those seem to have any lasting effect.  We have several Centos
> servers, none of which have this issue.  This problem is only effecting
> RedHat servers.  Is there any real solution to this problem?  Is there
> anyone actually affiliated with RedHat that can say this issue is being
> addressed?  I've found a post dated back to 2006 speaking of this issue:
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhelv5-beta-list/2006-September/msg00170.htm
> l
> Obviously not being able to consistently patch servers is a serious issue.
> Aaron

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