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Old 12-28-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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synaptic/apt-get freezes on startup


i got an pclinuxos LXDE version on my netbook.

i installed abiword on it. after that, synaptic and any other package manager refuses. synaptic freezes as soon as i start it up. only a reboot will close it.

i searched google, found this:,74604.0.html.
i don't understand the instruction there, but it seems to be the same problem i had. i believe they suggest reinstalling.

this is a mission-critical-workstation, i can't afford an downtime more then 1 day. so i can't do a re-install. (duo settings i have to apply again, this would take long)

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Old 12-28-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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The solution is posted in comment #12
Run the following two commands as root
rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db.*
rpm -vv --rebuilddb
First, remove the corrupted rpm database.
Second, rebuild the database.

I am using, nor have I ever run, pclinuxos. I just went to the link and read the thread. Although the users seem to know what they are talking about, I can not attest that the commands will work.
Old 12-29-2010, 06:07 AM   #3
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thx, that solved my problem.


freez, mission, synaptic

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