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Old 12-08-2002, 03:37 PM   #1
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Question RH8.0 RPM problems

I just installed RedHat 8.0 and used RHN (RedHat Network) to try to download updates. It asked if I wanted to upgrade my kernel, so I let it. It froze (I left it to run overnight, and it was at the same place in the morning as it was when I went to sleep). Anyhow, now even if I try to use the command line for any commands it seems to be doing nothing.

At this very moment I'm trying
'rpm -v --rebuilddb'

and it seems like it's frozen again.

I'm on a DELL p3-800MHz 13.GB drive + 120GB drive, 128MB RAM

Any help would be much appreciated.
Old 12-08-2002, 04:15 PM   #2
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IMO you should make it a policy *not* to allow automatic updates of your kernel. Download with up2date ok, but not install.
Do that manually if you can.
Do the logs show any clue? Does a reboot (previous kernel) show any clues in the logs? Did you only update your kernel or the dependancies first? Did you update anything else?
Old 12-08-2002, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thank you for responding so quickly.

rhn showed that I needed to update my kernal, I clicked on select all, then clicked forward. The next thing I know, it's stuck halfway through. I don't remember what package it was on.

My system is still running (I'm writing this from the system), lilo doesn't list anything other than one entry which looks like the old entry.

The only problem I can see is that whenever I issue an rpm command on one of the packages, it sits there in limbo.

the rpm -v -rebuildall is still sitting there, and nothing has been output.

The other commands I've tried are:
rpm -vU blah blah.rpm (where blah blah was an actual package in /var/spool/up2date)
rpm -v --test -U blah blah.rpm

and they all never give me any feedback and sit there forever.

I grep'd for kernel in /var/log/* but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Is there something specific I should be looking at?

It asked to update the kernel before anythign else I think.

Last edited by frugalmail; 12-08-2002 at 06:55 PM.
Old 12-10-2002, 05:02 PM   #4
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Anybody have any suggestions, I really don't want to reinstall.
Old 12-10-2002, 08:05 PM   #5
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Some what drastic and Windows like but... :

Full Re-Install.


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