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

Craig White craigwhite at
Sat Nov 19 23:07:54 UTC 2011

On Sat, 2011-11-19 at 16:03 -0700, T.C. Hollingsworth wrote:
> 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.  :-(
perhaps not - here is F14

$ rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/bin/package-cleanup


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