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Old 06-01-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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FC9: yum freezes on "Setting up Update Process"


I did a clean installation of FC9 but after a couple of days and maybe 1 or 2 updates I started getting a kernel panic when booting but not consistently.

So I let it rest for a few days and now It booted OK. Assuming that it may be a kernel issue and that there may be an update for that I did

yum clean all
yum update

The problem is that "yum update" just stays at "Setting Up Update Process" and the only way out is to kill it (not even ctrl-C works). I've tried waiting for 15 minutes to no avail.

Has anyone else seen this behaviour?

How can I fix it?

Here is what I get when executing this:
[root@luisraul ~]# yum clean all
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Cleaning up Everything
[root@luisraul ~]# yum update
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
fedora                                                   | 2.4 kB     00:00    
primary.sqlite.bz2                                       | 6.1 MB     00:17     
updates                                                  | 2.3 kB     00:00    
primary.sqlite.bz2                                       | 857 kB     00:09     
Setting up Update Process
[root@luisraul ~]#
If I use the GUI for updating the system it also just stays there on "Getting information"

This box was happily running FC8 before this clean installation.

Last edited by rarsa; 06-01-2008 at 08:24 PM.
Old 06-01-2008, 09:11 PM   #2
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Do you have an http_proxy set up? Sometimes with a misconfigured proxy you can get long pauses.

Another possibility is that you recently added/enabled another repo that yum can't communicate with. I see this a lot at work.

You might try running
strace yum -y update
(This assumes you have strace installed)
and see where it's hanging at.
Old 06-01-2008, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thank you for your response.

Originally Posted by mastahnke View Post
Do you have an http_proxy set up?
No proxy in my home network.

Originally Posted by mastahnke View Post
Another possibility is that you recently added/enabled another repo that yum can't communicate with.
This is a clean installation, just "Fedora" and "Fedora updates"

Originally Posted by mastahnke View Post
(This assumes you have strace installed)
Again, this is a 100% clean installation, I haven't installed anything else after the installation.

I'll try tomorrow, maybe there is some issue with the repositories.
Old 06-01-2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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Actually I must correct my self:

It is a clean installation plus an update performed after the first boot plus changing the SELinux from "Enforce" to "Permisive" so I could configure my wireless card.

Here is the yum.log showing the update performed after my first boot after installation.

[papa@luisraul yum.repos.d]$ sudo cat /var/log/yum.log
May 25 08:40:03 Updated: libselinux-2.0.64-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:08 Updated: coreutils-6.10-23.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:08 Updated: audit-libs-1.7.3-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:09 Updated: e2fsprogs-libs-1.40.8-3.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:12 Updated: 2:shadow-utils-4.1.1-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:13 Updated: gnutls-2.0.4-3.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:13 Updated: 1:cups-libs-1.3.7-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:13 Updated: hal-libs-0.5.11-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:17 Updated: gnome-desktop-2.22.1-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:17 Updated: gnome-panel-libs-
May 25 08:40:18 Updated: imsettings-libs-0.99.6-4.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:19 Updated: system-config-printer-libs-
May 25 08:40:20 Updated: paps-libs-0.6.8-6.fc9.i386
May 25 08:40:23 Updated: poppler-0.8.1-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:00 Updated: libgweather-
May 25 08:41:01 Updated: paps-0.6.8-6.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:24 Updated: gnome-settings-daemon-2.22.1-1.2008.03.26.8.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:26 Updated: e2fsprogs-1.40.8-3.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:27 Updated: audit-libs-python-1.7.3-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:27 Updated: libselinux-python-2.0.64-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:28 Updated: iproute-2.6.25-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:33 Updated: initscripts-8.76.2-1.i386
May 25 08:41:39 Updated: policycoreutils-2.0.47-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:50 Updated: 1:cups-1.3.7-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:50 Updated: poppler-glib-0.8.1-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:51 Updated: imsettings-0.99.6-4.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:53 Installed: setools-libs-3.3.4-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:54 Installed: setools-console-3.3.4-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:55 Updated: lzo-2.02-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:56 Updated: gnome-spell-1.0.8-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:56 Updated: 1:libvorbis-1.2.0-4.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:59 Updated: libxslt-1.1.24-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:41:59 Updated: exempi-2.0.1-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:42:00 Updated: im-chooser-0.99.6-4.fc9.i386
May 25 08:42:43 Installed: kernel-
May 25 08:43:23 Updated: gnome-panel-
May 25 08:43:25 Updated: audit-1.7.3-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:43:27 Updated: pycairo-1.4.12-3.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:11 Updated: 1:gnome-games-
May 25 08:44:14 Updated: python-numeric-24.2-11.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:15 Updated: rsh-0.17-50.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:16 Updated: gdb-6.8-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:17 Updated: xorg-x11-drv-savage-2.2.0-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:18 Updated: xterm-235-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:18 Updated: xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.8.0-14.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:23 Updated: ppp-2.4.4-7.fc9.i386
May 25 08:44:30 Updated: selinux-policy-3.3.1-51.fc9.noarch
May 25 08:45:21 Updated: selinux-policy-targeted-3.3.1-51.fc9.noarch
May 25 08:45:24 Updated: policycoreutils-gui-2.0.47-2.fc9.i386
May 25 08:45:26 Updated: system-config-printer-
May 25 08:45:27 Updated: python-urlgrabber-3.0.0-7.fc9.noarch
May 25 08:45:39 Updated: fonts-japanese-0.20061016-13.fc9.noarch
May 25 08:45:50 Updated: fedora-release-notes-9.0.1-1.noarch
May 25 08:45:51 Updated: hal-info-20080508-1.fc9.noarch
May 25 08:45:56 Updated: hal-0.5.11-1.fc9.i386
May 25 08:46:25 Updated: 1:gdm-2.22.0-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:46:26 Updated: 1:gdm-user-switch-applet-2.22.0-5.fc9.i386
May 25 08:46:27 Updated: hal-cups-utils-0.6.16-4.fc9.i386
May 25 08:47:15 Installed: kernel-
And just in case it's relevant, here is my current kernel

[papa@luisraul ~]$ uname -a
Linux luisraul #1 SMP Tue May 13 05:38:53 EDT 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

Last edited by rarsa; 06-01-2008 at 09:43 PM.
Old 06-01-2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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I rebooted the computer and yum is working again.

Maybe Fedora had to do something on first boot after upgrading the kernel last time.
Old 06-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #6
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If anything (yum or otherwise) hangs again, use the following to diagnose the problem.
1. strace -f ls -l
This traces kernel system calls. The -f causes to to also trace sub-processes started with fork/exec. You can restrict the output; see 'man strace'.
2. ltrace
This traces C library function calls. More useful for debugging specific applications.
3. If everything freezes, use the alt-sysrq key combinations, if they're enabled in your kernel. Google for those or see linux/Documentation/sysrq.txt.
Old 06-09-2008, 12:36 PM   #7
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Thank you for this information.


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