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i tried to install a simple game, the rpm failed me on my glibc beeing out of date.
so i used redhat network to download the new packages.
i tried to install them the usual way, then after a while of seeming to go ok, it failed with a segmentation fault.
i tried rpm -q glibc
but rpm would not execute, net even rpm --help
each time i tried i have a segmentation fault.
so i decided to try re booting.
the system got to the part where it enters runlevel 5, and i got a
init 1: respawning too fast suspended for 5 minutes
init 2: respawning too fast suspended for 5 minutes
init 3: respawning too fast suspended for 5 minutes
init 4: respawning too fast suspended for 5 minutes
init 5: respawning too fast suspended for 5 minutes
then 5 mins later, the same error message.
i had to format and re-install my whole system.
is linux reealy this unstable ????
i need to update my graphics library but scared the same will happen again. what went wrong ?
A huge number of programs use glibc, including rpm. If the upgrade for glibc messes up then many programs will not run. Since rpm will not run with a broken glibc you cannot use rpm to fix the problem. The best solution is to restore glibc from backup, probably booting from a rescue system.
Upgrading glibc can be very tricky and is not to be undertaken lightly..
if that is true, then why does red-hat network just put it on there update program knwoing then when it detects its out of date, and downloads it automatically, and installs it, nothing will work, or even boot.
its like a time bomb for noob linux users.
i will reealy enjoy re downloading Java SDK (60 meg) on my 56kbps modem
ive looked round search engins, many people have this problem...
they install it, not knowing what it is, but that red flashing " ! " things says it needs to be updated. so they follow, thinking there keeping there system secure and healthy !