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Old 01-05-2004, 08:07 PM   #1
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Fedora Package Manager Won't Load

I am using Fedora Core 1. I realized that XMMS has been modified by Redhat so that it won't play music. I downloaded the RPM for XMMS 1.2.8 and tried to install it. Redhat said there was a newer version on my machine. I then tried uninstalling XMMS in the Package Manager. It looked like it had finished (the bar was all the way across) it stayed this way for a minute or two. I finally decided to close it because I figured the application had frozen (I have never seen an app completely freeze in Linux though).

The problem is that now when I try to open the package manager it says it is checking headers to see which packages are installed. It never gets past this screen. I tried double clicking on RPM files to install them and nothing happens at all.

Have I corrupted my package manager? How can I fix it? Is there another way to get into the package manager from the command prompt possibly?
Old 01-05-2004, 11:46 PM   #2
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"Have I corrupted my package manager?"

You have probably corrupted your rpm data base.

"Is there another way to get into the package manager from the command prompt possibly?"

Yes. Log in as root and use the CLI rpm command. See:
man rpm

rpm --rebuilddb
to rebuild the rpm data base.

rpm -qa | sort > /root/all.rpms.txt
to create a file with every rpm name in it. If this command works then check the list for reasonableness.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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