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Old 05-09-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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rpm command gives Floating point exception


When ever I try to use the rpm command the server give me a Floating point exception, even if I simply call the command:

[root@servername]# rpm
Floating point exception

I have no idea why it is doing this or how to fix it. Any help would be appreciated.
Old 05-09-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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What distro are you using?

Try: rpm --version

See if there are multiple copies of rpm installed on your system with this command:
which -a rpm
There shouldn't be, but if there are, try executing them all.

It might be interesting to see if some of the other binaries that come with rpm also have the same problem. For example:
rpmquery --version
rpmi --version
Old 05-12-2008, 04:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for answering, I'm a bit of a Linux Newbie so any help is appreciated. We are using red hat, not sure which version. (is there an easy way to find out?)

rpm --version
[root@servername]# rpm --version
Floating point exception

which -a rpm
[root@servername]# which -a rpm
So only one version in /bin/ gave full path when calling the command got same error.

rpmquery --version
[root@servername]# rpmquery --version
Floating point exception

[root@servername]# rpmi --version
-bash: rpmi: command not found


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