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Old 06-10-2003, 07:58 PM   #1
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installing rpms

I am running red hat 8.0, and when i try to install an rpm (i386, or src) It asks me for my root passwd, then after I enter that it goes through and says its processing headers, then it lags for a second, and then the rpm install screen goes away. This problem only started happening about 2 weeks ago. It use to process headers, the check for dependancies, and if it found them all, it would install the rpm. Am I missing something? Have I changed something that doesnt allow me to now install rpms.

Old 06-10-2003, 08:11 PM   #2
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Sometimes you get a lock file in the rpm database. Try doing this(as root):

rm -f /var/lib/rpm/db__*
rpm --rebuilddb

This will refresh the database and may solve your issue.
Old 06-10-2003, 08:15 PM   #3
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is it a source(src) rpm? cause i noticed that sometimes on redhat machines if you double click them, that is all they will do, is what you said, process headers or whatever and just closes....also, if it is not a source rpm then i can tell you of a i guess we can call a bug in redhats rpm installing....well i won't tell you about it, i will just tell you what to do to fix it whenever the rpm installs screw up...(cause this won't be the first time :P)
all you do is log in as root in the terminal, and navigate to the folder:
then issue the command:
rm -f __db.*
this will remove the three files __db.001 .002, and .003...
double click the rpm you wish to install and it will work once again..
Old 06-10-2003, 08:16 PM   #4
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hah looks like someone replied while i was typing...
and just to note i never had to do the rebuild, but it won't hurt if you do it or not..
Old 06-11-2003, 07:00 PM   #5
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ok as root I removed the files, and also rebuilt the database, and I am still getting the same problem. As root I tried to install the src, and the i386 version of the same rpm.

Old 06-12-2003, 03:41 AM   #6
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my personal recommendation is installing RPMs with command line.
i think your RedHat-RPM install tool problem is common, i had this mess too.
then i get used to install RPMs with the shell, like
rpm -ivh [RPM-name] and so on ...
if you want to use gui's try another (more powerful) one
(Not a very good solution ..)


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