System locked up during update of kernel, yum in unclean state and kernel half-installed

T.C. Hollingsworth tchollingsworth at
Sat Nov 19 23:03:32 UTC 2011

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Tom Horsley <horsley1953 at> wrote:
> On Sat, 19 Nov 2011 15:39:48 -0700
> T.C. Hollingsworth wrote:
>> I'm surprised YUM didn't tell you to run "yum-complete-transaction".
>> I'd try running that first to see if that can clear up your errors.
> As near as I can tell, yum only prints the message about running
> "yu-complete-transaction" when you've actually tried to update new things,
> screwed up the current transaction, and made it impossible for
> yum-complete-transaction to work anymore :-(.

At least it hasn't tried to completely uninstall every RPM on your
system, as it wants to do on one my machines!

I quickly cancelled that and repaired the damage manually, but now YUM
annoys me about running "yum-complete-transaction" every time I use
it.  Google indicates that there used to be a "package-cleanup"
argument to shut it up, but it doesn't seem to exist anymore.  :-(


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