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as root, when I try to install any rpm, when i type rpm -i file.rpm it just sits there doing nothing. I have been able to install rpms, but I cannot now. The rpm i am trying to install is apt-get. I am running redhat 8, and I had installed the rpm for apt-get earlier today, as well as the rpm for the gui version of apt-get synaptic. After updating allmost all 1018 packages that it said could be updated, I have found that synaptic, and apt-get will not work. If i try to run synaptic it opens the gui, and freezes as it trys to load the list of packages. apt-get also freezes when i type any command in the prompt. so I did a search for everything with apt-get, and synaptic, and deleted them. Now that I am trying to re-install the rpms it just freezes. the same thing happens when i type rpm -U filename.rpm. So then I tried to run the rpm from nautilus. It prompts me for the root password, I enter the root password, then no rpm program comes up. just does nothing. I am totally stumped.
well i have removed the database files, and rebuilt the database, and installing rpms do not freeze now, but I have deleted apt-get, and when i try to rpm -i aptget.rpm it says its allready installed, but if i type apt-get, it says command not found. How do i totally remove an rpm? and how can i re-install this rpm?
To get rpm to "reinstall" an already present package, read about the --force option. Do a man rpm. Once you have apt "reinstalled" this way, just be judicious in its use. It is good, but as you have discovered, it can bite you.