stop stupidly telling people to do "yum clean all" when it's not necessary

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Mon Sep 14 02:22:10 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-09-13 at 15:11 -0500, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> I think it would be more pleasant to use the word "wrong" instead of
> "stupid". Just for better relations between posters.

If it wasn't so commonly badly advised, I might agree.  But it's often
the first thing, and only, thing said to people, and by far too many
posters, despite the (far less frequent) sensible warnings not to offer
that advice.

I say it's dumb/stupid, because it's usually given without rhyme or
reason by one person who doesn't really know what they're advising to
another person who doesn't know what they're doing.  Just like the old
close windows, open windows, reboot, retry, routine, where people expect
an idiotic sequence of events to magically fix some problem.

The dumb advice top 4 list seems to be:

1. Do a "yum clean all" for any problem with updating.
2. Remove pulseaudio for any problem related to sound.
3. Disable SELinux when something fails to work.
4. Wipe out and rebuild the RPM database regularly.


The gates in my computer are AND, OR and NOT; they are not Bill.

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