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Old 04-20-2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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Unable to update shadow-utils

I just built a Fedora Core 3 i86_64 system. All appeared to go smoothly.

I was able to update my system using up2date. All except for shadow-utils.

Every time i try to update using up2date, yum or rpm, it locks up. I've tried GUI and command-line based utilities, pointed to the dag repos, cleaning the yum cache, and everything else I can glean from reading the forums. Yum locks on the message 'Running Transaction Test'; everything else locks too, I just don't have the last message handy now.

It looks to be something unique to my system; I just don't have a clue where to look.

Any ideas or help will be appreciated.
Old 04-21-2005, 11:04 PM   #2
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I've noticed this on occassion. Sometimes it seems like an RPM process will get hung up and not release its lock on the RPM database. You should do a ps aux and then kill -9 any RPM processes you see. If that doesn't work (it should) you may need to reboot (I had to do that a couple times back with RH9).
Old 04-22-2005, 12:15 AM   #3
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Why not try the Debian “apt” installer? It blows yum and up2date out of the water.

Go to or one of the fedora mirrors and download/install apt-0.5.15cnc7-1.i386.rpm

Then run:

apt-get mirror-select
apt-get update
apt-get -f install

where “apt-get mirror-select” lets you pick a fedora repository and “apt-get -f install” will clean up any broken dependencies.

Then run either:

apt-get install shadow-utils (or whatever the actual package name is)


apt-get -y upgrade

This “install” just does the package and “upgrade” is a full system upgrade.

Try it once and you will never use yum or up2date again.

Last edited by WhatsHisName; 04-22-2005 at 12:32 PM.
Old 04-26-2005, 01:52 PM   #4
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my issue identified

Thanks everyone for your help. It appears the package is broken, I just found this report on the Fedora website.

Bugzilla Bug 155730 – (2.6.11-1.14_FC3 sparse file?) x86_64 shadow-utils fc3-update install broken.


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