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Old 12-14-2008, 09:53 AM   #1
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yum crashing with Segmentation Fault on Fedora 10

Hi all,

I've just upgraded my fileserver to Fedora 10, but it crashed half-way through a 'yum update' of the newly installed system.

It is telling me to run yum-complete-transaction to finish off the previous update, but all it does is throw a "Segmentation Fault" now. Even 'yum update' does the same thing.

yum -v update doesn't reveal much, other than it is "Building updates object" when it crashes. yum clean all doesn't help, nor does rebuilding the rpm database.

Any thoughts as to how to fix this?


Old 12-14-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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I think reinstalling yum through smart package manager would fix you prob..

download smart(noarch) package manager.. of about 800Kbs and

smart remove yum
smart install yum
this helped me.. when i had the same prob...

Old 12-14-2008, 11:04 AM   #3
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Try "package-cleanup --cleandupes"

or try reinstalling yum
Old 12-14-2008, 12:13 PM   #4
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I've found it helpful to have an alternative update manager to use when yum has problems. For example, you can install smart or apt. Both of those are in the F10 repository, together with some repository definitions.

Note: I decided to verify that the apt tools were, in fact, available in Fedora 10. The were, but when I installed the 64-bit versions (since I'm using the kernel), all the apt-* tools reported an immediate "Segmentation fault." So, I'd suggest smart as an alternative. (smart --gui gives you a nice GUI interface if you're running as "root" in a X-window environment.)
Old 12-14-2008, 06:56 PM   #5
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Hi all,

Excellent - thanks for the suggestions. I'll give them a go.

This server is 6+ years old, and I've had issues in the past with upgrading it; I had no end of problems just getting Fedora 10 installed - it kept hanging/crashing, so I think there's some other fundamental problem with the machine or something about it that Fedora doesn't like.




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