F13/i686: yum update emptied /boot, /bin, /lib, etc.

Jim Meyering jim at meyering.net
Thu Apr 22 21:01:13 UTC 2010

Seth Vidal wrote:

> On Thu, 22 Apr 2010, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> I hope it's just me...
>> but I was very dismayed to find that today's F13 update (which pulled
>> in a lot of changes) hosed my laptop.  It removed almost everything
>> from /boot, and removed or emptied /sbin, /bin, /usr/sbin and /usr/bin.
>> It removed nearly everything from /lib and /usr/lib.
>> I suspect that it removed everything yum-owned, since the few remaining
>> files (at least the shift-jis ones) are ones I put there manually:
>> What happened?
>> I started the "yum -y update", and didn't hang around to watch everything.
>> When I came back, the text displayed in all terminals was in a completely
>> illegible all-rectangles font, but emacs was ok (I'd installed it myself).
>> However, I couldn't start a shell from emacs (no surprise, now that I
>> know /bin was removed).  Maybe yum actually told me it was going to
>> remove everything and if I'd been watching I could have stopped it.
>> I don't know.
> pleae look in /var/lib/yum/history/
> and attach any/all files you find there to a bug report.
> but just going by the log you attached it looks like an update followed by
> cleanup erasures - but the history log will tell us a lot more.

There was only one: history-2010-03-08.sqlite
BZ-attached here:


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