persistent gnome dep problems (F16 alpha rc3-5, alpha), --skip-broken wants to haul in 32-bit libs

seth vidal skvidal at
Thu Aug 25 18:20:12 UTC 2011

On Thu, 2011-08-25 at 11:12 -0600, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:08:52 -0400
> Matthias Clasen <mclasen at> wrote:
> > > Error: Protected multilib versions:
> > > gnome-panel-libs-3.1.5-2.fc16.x86_64 !=
> > > gnome-panel-libs-3.0.2-3.fc16.i686
> > >   
> > 
> > I have no idea what these errors mean or how to fix them.
> > Any advice would be appreciated. Actually, this one is kind of
> > understandable, but I have also seen 'protected multilib' stuff where
> > both sides of the != were the same arch, which left me wondering.
> I've worked my way through this kind of mess a couple of times now, most
> recently yesterday.  Here's my experience:
>  - Do a big rawhide update - in this case, at least two weeks worth.
>  - Somewhere in the middle, while I'm not looking, the update kills the
>    running session and/or X server - I come back to a login screen.  It
>    used to be safe to run "yum update" from a terminal window, but,
>    seemingly, not anymore.  Not really a step in the right direction. 
>  - If I try to rerun the update, it will tell me to try
>    yum-complete-transaction.  Each time, actually trying that leads to an
>    infinite loop printing dependency information.
>  - If I just run "yum update", I get the "protected multilib versions"
>    message.
> What I have found in these cases is that there are *two* versions of the
> indicated library installed simultaneously (for the same architecture).
> In each case, simply removing the older version clears the problem.  Once
> I've gotten past the gripes, the update actually works.
> Dunno if that helps anybody...  never a dull moment...

When upgrading rawhide from X - use screen.


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