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Old 07-09-2004, 05:28 AM   #1
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yum update not working, fedora core 1

Hi there,

Yum isn't working and I don't understand the error message. The first time I ran yum with the command yum check-update and it returned a long list of packages that could be updated. I then rand the command yum update and I got the following error message:

. Gathering header information file(s) from server(s)
. Server: Fedora Core 1 - i386 - Base
. Traceback (most recent call last):
. File "/usr/bin/yum", line 60, in ?
. yummain.main(sys.argv[1:])
. File "", line 188, in main
. File "", line 766, in get_package_info_from_servers
. File "", line 103, in HeaderInfoNevralLoad
. ValueError: unpack list of wrong size
. [root@localhost root]#

I then tried running the update command with specific packages and kept getting the same error message. When I try and use yum check-update again it also returns the same error message.

My yum.conf file looks like this:

. [main]
. cachedir=/var/cache/yum
. debuglevel=2
. logfile=/var/log/yum.log
. pkgpolicy=newest
. distroverpkg=fedora-release
. tolerant=1
. exactarch=1
. [base]
. name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base
. baseurl=//$releasever
. [updates-released]
. name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Released Updates
. baseurl=//$releasever
. #[updates-testing]
. #name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Unreleased Updates
. #baseurl=//$releasever

* Note: http: is after each baseurl=. I had to nix it because this is my first post.

I'm running a fully installed version of Fedora Core realease 1 (Yarrow) on a PIII 600 Mhz with 128 MB Ram. The reason I'm trying to update using Yum is because up2date won't work. Red Hat Network has no channel for Fedora Core 1 being run on an i686. (I'm quite new with Linux, only bought the computer about a month ago).

Old 07-09-2004, 10:29 PM   #2
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I couldn't get the URL's in your yum.conf to work. Try mine. It is FC2 but should work for FC1 just fine.


name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base

name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Released Updates

#name=Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Unreleased Updates

#name=Fedora Core $releasever - Development Tree


name=Fedora Linux $releasever - $basearch - freshrpms

name=Dag RPM Repository for Fedora Core

#name=Mozilla SeaMonkey Releases

Last edited by Harryc; 07-09-2004 at 10:31 PM.
Old 07-11-2004, 02:41 AM   #3
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Thanks very much. It worked out great, though I did need to comment out the DAG repository to avoid the GPG check stuff. Something I'll look into in the next while.

One last question is about architechture. Does anyone know if I ought to set exactarch to exactarch=0 given that I'm running Core 1 from an i686? Would I have to worry about yum updating beyond an i686 down the road and thus causing problems?



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