Fw: RAWHIDE USERS: BEWARE RPM 4.11.0-0.beta1.2.fc19!

Frank Murphy frankly3d at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 11:15:42 UTC 2013

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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:09:49 +0200
From: Panu Matilainen <pmatilai at laiskiainen.org>
To: devel at lists.fedoraproject.org, For testers of Fedora development
releases <test at lists.fedoraproject.org> Subject: RAWHIDE USERS:
BEWARE RPM 4.11.0-0.beta1.2.fc19!

Apologies for shouting but we have a genuine, rare, rpmdb-eating bug 
(shade of dark paperbag) at hand:

DO NOT UPGRADE TO rpm-4.11.0-0.beta1.2.fc19!

The buggy version is expected to appear in todays rawhide-push. I've 
built a new version where the broken %ghost-related patch is reverted 
but there's a day-long danger-zone before the new build will be

It's best just to avoid upgrading to the buggy rpm version at all, but
if you have already happened to update to it one way or the other,
DONT PANIC but BACK UP /var/lib/rpm/ before anything else. Merely
upgrading to that version wont kill your rpmdb, but on the next
update of rpm itself, it will COMPLETELY ERASE /var/lib/rpm/
contents. Recovering isn't exactly hard if you have an up-to-date
backup, but otherwise...

	- Panu -

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