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Old 02-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #1
RedBoot
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Exclamation Yast Online Update (YOU) error "could not reassemble rpm from delta"


I installed SuSE 10.0 on a new (older) machine using the "internet" installation. Went to YOU online update and had no problem. A week later, I did it again, selected the packages listed, but received an error: "YOU: could not reassemble rpm from delta" on the 2nd path (binutils) The system becomes unstable and I have to reboot (I'm guessing because another patch that "took" was the kernel, but the installation was aborted.)

I've looked for other help on the internet, but have found nothing that solved the problem.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 02-14-2006, 11:52 AM   #2
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Disable delta rpm in /etc/sysconfig and try the update again.
Try to reinstall the kernel from the cd and reboot.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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try rpmdb --rebuilddb, good luck!
 
Old 02-14-2006, 05:16 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Keruskerfuerst
Disable delta rpm in /etc/sysconfig and try the update again.
Try to reinstall the kernel from the cd and reboot.
I'll try the first suggestion first. I need more info on how to do this. I go to the /etc/sysconfig directory and there are many files. Which do I modify? How does it need to be modified? There is none with "rpm" in its file name, nor "yast2". There is a suseconfig file.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-14-2006, 08:44 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by pAn1k
try rpmdb --rebuilddb, good luck!
I tried this. It seemed to work (i.e., it ran for about 30 seconds and returned to the command prompt.) I repeated the Yast update and the same problem re-occurred.
 
Old 02-15-2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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This is a post from the SuSE distribution section copied here.

Quote:
Originally Posted by abisko00
I would assume that the patch was corrupted, either during download or on the mirror. You could try again to load the patch from another mirror, or to manually download the patch rpm.

To deactivate deltas, edit /etc/sysconfig/onlineupdate:
YOU_USE_DELTAS="no"
Thanks abisko00. I was able to edit this file and that immediately changed the behavior of the online update. The comments contained in that file also help to understand what 'delta' updating is about. I thought it was to insure file validity, but it's just to make updating a bit faster.

What is still weird is that updates are downloaded but cannot always be installed. For example, the Progress Log displays:
Retrieving ethereal: 'A Network Traffic Analyser' Ok
But later displays:
Installing ethereal: 'A Network Traffic Analyser' Error

It pops up a window indicating an error, gives me a button that says 'Retry', but then does nothing. When I reattempt the update, it usually works, but then another will fail. Not clear why there should be errors like this (CRC type errors?)

Would I have better success not using the GUI, but using rpm commands?

Thanks again, abisko. Problem 99% solved!

BTW for any other newbie's like me reading this, I needed to learn the rudiments of vim, a Linux editor in the low-tech fashion. All I needed to know I learned by typing vimtutor and that gave me the rudiments to insert text and save the file. I also made a backup of the file first using cp onlineupdate onlineupdate.bak. For more info on the vim editor, see the LQ wiki at: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Vi
 
  


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