Yum problem

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 12:58:41 UTC 2007

On 25/10/2007, Michael Semcheski <mhsemcheski at gmail.com> wrote:
> I went to one of the mirrors last night and downloaded the yum rpm's
> that were on the good box but not on the busted one.
> When I did an 'rpm -i', it said it was missing rpm-python and required
> rpm >= 4.4.2.  rpm --version said it was 4.4.2...

"rpm --version" does not matter at all. Only the RPM database contents matter:

  rpm -qa rpm\*

On your machine, it's likely that you've killed several packages,
perhaps many more than yum, rpm*, ...

  rpm -Va

most likely reports lots of missing stuff.

> So I downloaded rpm-python and rpm.4.4.2.  When I tried to install
> them, it seemed that there were quite a few dependencies they were
> missing.
> At this point, I'm guessing the safest thing is not to fix it, but to
> reinstall everything.  If I could use yum to resolve those
> dependencies, it would be easy!  But since yum is not working, and I
> think it could be a dubious effort to try to resolve all those
> dependencies by hand...

Not difficult, but tedious.

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