Can't help you with apt-get or synaptic, (and I don't touch the rat) but....
as root, you could try:
rpm -rebuilddb which will rebuild your rpm database, in case it's fouled up.
Originally posted by steegs
finally, is there a way i can view all the packages installed i've installed? i tried:
rpm -qa --- prints a list of installed rpms on the terminal
rpm -qa | sort | less -- does the same thing, but sorts them alphabetically and will display it a page at a time.
rpm -qa | sort > yourfilenamehere.txt -- will do all of the above, but saves the output to a text file.
To read the text file in a terminal type: