RPM DB corruption with F-16 Beta

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 08:47:43 UTC 2011


On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:39 AM, Panu Matilainen
<pmatilai at laiskiainen.org> wrote:
> On 10/13/2011 01:30 AM, Bojan Smojver wrote:
>> This is probably not worthy of a bug report, but may still be useful to
>> confirm a problem that someone else may have experienced.
>>
>> I resurrected an old notebook (HP Pavilion ZE4201) to test some stuff
>> under relatively low memory conditions (768 MB on the box). Installed
>> F-16 Beta i686 onto it with no trouble whatsoever.
>>
>> On first boot, went to update the system, only to get RPM errors of
>> database in /var/lib/rpm needing recovery. The recovery (db_recover
>> -h /var/lib/rpm) completely shot the database and after running rpm
>> --rebuilddb the system was left in a state where vast number of packages
>> are not being reported (including rpm itself). Out of about 1,400
>> packages, only 400 were left in the DB.
>
> In case you (or anybody else for that matter) manage to reproduce this,
> please take a copy of the exact error messages and backup /var/lib/rpm
> contents before attempting any kind of recovery. "It gave a bunch of
> errors and recovery blew it up" is not sufficient information to attempt
> analyzing what went wrong.

I've had a couple of issues with rpm crashing and segfaulting, on
reboot it all seems to be OK, unfortunately I never managed to catch
the errors. Its happened on two different devices, if it happens again
I'll get a copy one way or the other

Peter


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