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Old 03-24-2004, 03:07 PM   #1
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Can't rebuild RPM database

I have an uncomfortable feeling that I have now either corrupted or destroyed my RPM database, and hope I'm mistaken...

The other evening, I was trying to install a set of Multisync RPMs. I can't quite remember at what point things started going pear-shaped, but ISTR trying to uninstall a mistaken RPM and the terminal window froze. I also fired up Synaptic, trying to locate any "multisync" packages there, and it bombed out when I tried searching.

I've read here that it sometimes helps to rebuild the RPM database with

rpm --rebuilddb
but when I try that (as root), it gives me this error:

error: db4 error(16) from dbenv->remove: Device or resource busy
I also tried what this post suggested, but it didn't seem to make any difference. At least Synaptic still seems to know what packages I have installed, so I guess something is still working...

Anyone know how I might be able to rescue the situation?

Many thanks,
Old 03-24-2004, 04:37 PM   #2
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I'd guess that another process is using the rpm database. You can't rebuild it while something is using it. Run ps -aux | more and see if you can find any processes that are using rpm. If you can't I'd just reboot and then do this as root:

rm -f /var/lib/rpm/db__*
rpm --rebuilddb
Old 04-21-2004, 07:53 PM   #3
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rpm Database rebuild

I am running MDK 10 CE and would like to rebuild my rpm database but I do not have the db directorys under

I do not have any of those db directorys??

Old 04-22-2004, 05:17 AM   #4
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I'm not sure if they are in a different location in Mandrake. I'm not familiar with The Drake.


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