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Old 01-17-2015, 05:29 AM   #16
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i had a look and it said something about rpmdb changed outside of yum ???
Yikes. You are not running Linux Mint at all! You are using an rpm based distro. Maybe Fedora? We were all jumping to conclusions based on your usage of cinnamon, which is the standard desktop of Linux Mint.

Glad you made it work, but for the future I'd recommend that you try to be more accurate in your problem descriptions. Don' say "it said something about". Write down the exact error message and post it the way it was shown. And if you need to ask questions again you really need to find out which distribution you are running, because Tips for Linux Mint won't help you.
 
Old 01-17-2015, 05:50 AM   #17
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Yikes. You are not running Linux Mint at all! You are using an rpm based distro. Maybe Fedora? We were all jumping to conclusions based on your usage of cinnamon, which is the standard desktop of Linux Mint.

Glad you made it work, but for the future I'd recommend that you try to be more accurate in your problem descriptions. Don' say "it said something about". Write down the exact error message and post it the way it was shown. And if you need to ask questions again you really need to find out which distribution you are running, because Tips for Linux Mint won't help you.
yeah it is fedora but it uses cinnamon so i kind of guessed that those other forums that i was searching was mainly talking about linux mint and not the running system that this so called friends suggested me to use. and now im stuck with until i can get a new laptop
 
Old 01-17-2015, 09:53 AM   #18
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yeah it is fedora but it uses cinnamon so i kind of guessed that those other forums that i was searching was mainly talking about linux mint and not the running system that this so called friends suggested me to use. and now im stuck with until i can get a new laptop
Ok so definitely next time you ask a question here state that it is fedora. I have never used fedora. Pretty much every command I posted here to help you was targeted at Mint.

The error message you were seeing boils down to this: rpmdb is the database that represents the state of your system in terms of what software is installed. yum is a package management tool which takes care of installing / removing software. (On Mint, this is apt. So if somebody tells you to run apt-get something in the future, ignore that.)
Anyway, this tool (yum) is also responsible for keeping the rpmdb up to date. Now apparently it found the rpmdb in an unexpected state, and hence stated that it was modified outside of yum. This is a state you definitely should correct, and it was most likely caused by something you did (the wrong way).

I would recommend to you that you open a new thread, giving it a descriptive name such as "rpmdb changed outside of yum on Fedora". Ask for help to check the current state and, should it still be broken, on how to repair it. I personally won't be able to help here, as I have no experience with yum.
Good luck.
 
Old 01-17-2015, 11:42 AM   #19
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I think you should be OK now. Fedora is prone to having little fits like that! Running Cinnamon on Fedora is always going to be a bit risky as very few people do it, since there's no ready-to-use Cinnamon version.

The message you got about yum shows that something, presumably Cinnamon, was downloaded as an rpm package and installed using the rpm command rather than yum: it's not serious.
 
Old 01-17-2015, 03:52 PM   #20
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Ok so definitely next time you ask a question here state that it is fedora. I have never used fedora. Pretty much every command I posted here to help you was targeted at Mint.

The error message you were seeing boils down to this: rpmdb is the database that represents the state of your system in terms of what software is installed. yum is a package management tool which takes care of installing / removing software. (On Mint, this is apt. So if somebody tells you to run apt-get something in the future, ignore that.)
Anyway, this tool (yum) is also responsible for keeping the rpmdb up to date. Now apparently it found the rpmdb in an unexpected state, and hence stated that it was modified outside of yum. This is a state you definitely should correct, and it was most likely caused by something you did (the wrong way).

I would recommend to you that you open a new thread, giving it a descriptive name such as "rpmdb changed outside of yum on Fedora". Ask for help to check the current state and, should it still be broken, on how to repair it. I personally won't be able to help here, as I have no experience with yum.
Good luck.
ok thanks for your help joe. sorry i didnt specify that i was running fedora in the first place. just out of curiosity if i wanted to install cinnamon mint.will i loose everything i have on my laptop with the fedora running system ??
 
Old 01-17-2015, 05:40 PM   #21
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ok thanks for your help joe. sorry i didnt specify that i was running fedora in the first place. just out of curiosity if i wanted to install cinnamon mint.will i loose everything i have on my laptop with the fedora running system ??
It depends. If your data is on a separate partition you can install another OS without loosing your data. There is always a risk though, so in any event you should backup your data first.
In order to find out how your hard drive is setup you could run the following three commands (as root)
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blkid
mount
df -h
and post the output here.
The first one will show you all partitions you have.
The second will show where they are mounted.
The third will tell us how large they are and how much free space you have on each.

When you run the Mint installer you will be asked if you want to install mint next to fedora, overwrite fedora or do something else. Go for the something else option and partition the drive yourself. You will get the opportunity to tell the installer to only delete the fedora system partition and keep the data partition.
If you want to do a bit of research upfront search for gparted howtos...

But again (I cannot emphasize this enough): Backup your data first!
 
Old 03-25-2016, 12:24 PM   #22
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Worked for Me!

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Just had another idea what you could try before reinstalling the whole system. You could just reinstall cinnamon.
On my laptop I also have a partition with Mint installed, and so I tried the following.

To get the installed cinnamon packages, in a console, I typed
Code:
aptitude search cinnamon | grep ^i
The output gave me this:
Code:
i   cinnamon                        - Cinnamon desktop                          
i   cinnamon-bluetooth              - Gnome Bluetooth support for the Cinnamon d
i   cinnamon-common                 - Cinnamon desktop (Common data files)      
i   cinnamon-control-center         - utilities to configure the Cinnamon deskto
i   cinnamon-control-center-data    - configuration applets for Cinnamon - data 
i   cinnamon-desktop-data           - Common files for Cinnamon desktop apps    
i   cinnamon-screensaver            - Cinnamon screen saver and locker          
i   cinnamon-session                - Cinnamon Session Manager - Minimal runtime
i   cinnamon-session-common         - Cinnamon Session Manager - common files   
i   cinnamon-settings-daemon        - daemon handling the Cinnamon session setti
i   cinnamon-themes                 - Cinnamon themes                           
i   cinnamon-translations           - Translation files for the Cinnamon desktop
i   gir1.2-cinnamondesktop-3.0      - Introspection data for CinnamonDesktop    
i   libcinnamon-control-center1     - utilities to configure the Cinnamon deskto
i   libcinnamon-desktop0            - Utility library for loading .desktop files
i   libcinnamon-menu-3-0            - Cinnamon implementation of the freedesktop
i   mint-artwork-cinnamon           - Default artwork for the Cinnamon edition o
i   mint-info-cinnamon              - Necessary information about the Linux Mint
i   mint-meta-cinnamon              - Set of packages installed by default in th
Some of these packages should be irrelevant to your problem, but just to see if it breaks anything I ran the following:
Code:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall cinnamon cinnamon-screensaver  cinnamon-session  cinnamon-session-common cinnamon-settings-daemon  libcinnamon-control-center1  libcinnamon-desktop0   libcinnamon-menu-3-0   mint-meta-cinnamon
I am writing this post from that install, so everything went smoothly. You may want to try the same thing on your computer.
I typed the CODE just above "sudo apt-get ......" into Terminal
"libcinnamon-desktop0" was rejected
I removed it AND IT ALL WORKED
My desktop was restored and all of my configurations, etc were intact

THANK YOU

Last edited by ptait; 03-25-2016 at 12:26 PM. Reason: Clarification
 
Old 03-26-2016, 03:10 PM   #23
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I typed the CODE just above "sudo apt-get ......" into Terminal
"libcinnamon-desktop0" was rejected
I removed it AND IT ALL WORKED
My desktop was restored and all of my configurations, etc were intact

THANK YOU
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