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Old 12-19-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
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RPM error cannot open Group index...

I've got a weird error when trying to install an rpm. I enter the line:

rpm -Uvh something.rpm

and I get the following error:

error: cannot open Group index using db3 - No such device or address (6)

This is not your usual "rpm database is in use" business. It seems like a permanent error.

Can anyone help?
Old 12-20-2005, 07:05 AM   #2
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Maybe the rpm database is defect. You can try to repair it:

# rpm --rebuilddb
Don't forget to back-up /var/lib/rpm first!
Old 12-20-2005, 07:17 AM   #3
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did that and managed to install the rpm. thanks.

however, i'm still having errors. I tried to uninstall the rpm with rpm -e somerpm but it said it was not installed, so I redid rpm -Uvh somerpm and it said that the rpm was already installed!

Tried rpm -ivh as well, same thing. I don't think it put all the files there though... so I've copied the neccessary files into /usr/lib.

dunno what to do with the stupid thing.

ran rpm -rebuildb again and repeated, no change...
Old 12-20-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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Why not try yast? It may give you better error messages or avoid the error all together.
Old 12-21-2005, 03:22 AM   #5
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did that and it's didn't give an error, it read the rpm as being installed. rpm -qa|less now shows the rpm installed so I'm not gonna bother with it any more, I manually copied over the files anyway so as long as they're there I don't have time to waste on this (there's lots of other linux bugs to find workarounds to! )


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