Bug 50507

Summary: RPM blows alloc and crashes; apparently also blows update
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Need Real Name <steve.masticola>
Component: rpmAssignee: Jeff Johnson <jbj>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Hardware: i686   
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Description Need Real Name 2001-07-31 19:06:28 UTC
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Description of problem:
RPM tries to allocate two plus billion (with a B) bytes of memory. One example:

[root@localhost /root]# rpm -ivh --replacepkgs
/cdrom/RedHat/RPMS/kdeadmin-2.1.1-3.i386.rpm Preparing... 
memory alloc (2237676289 bytes) returned NULL.
[root@localhost /root]#

This apparently also blows the update from CDROM process.

Please let me know what I can do, short of a full reinstall of my whole box.

- Steve.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Mount the Red Hat distro disk on my box.
2. Execute "rpm -ivh --replacepkgs" as root.

Actual Results:  /cdrom/RedHat/RPMS/kdeadmin-2.1.1-3.i386.rpm Preparing... 
memory alloc (2237676289 bytes) returned NULL.

Expected Results:  At a guess, rpm should have completed without core dumping.

Additional info:

This is preventing me from upgrading anything without wiping the system and it's hitting other
people too. Search groups.google.com for "rpm memory linux" and you'll find several other fairly
recent (summer 2001) examples of the same bug.

Another symptom is that rpm --rebuilddb hangs, using 99% of available CPU and making no disk traffic.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2001-07-31 19:12:12 UTC
What rpm package version-release? Try rpm-4.0.3 ...

FWIW, the malloc failure is almost always a damaged package
and/or database header. Have you tried a rpm --rebuilddb?

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2001-07-31 19:49:03 UTC
Don't know which version/release. It was whatever came with RH 7.1. I'll check tonight.

I did try rpm --rebuilddb. It busy-waited for 30 minutes, making no disk accesses and soaking up 99% of CPU. I killed it.

- Steve.

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2001-07-31 19:59:52 UTC
You might also try "rpm -K" on the package that you are trying
to install, that should catch size problems.

Meanwhile, I suspect that you have a rpm database problem.
A --rebuilddb with rpm-4.0.3 from Raw Hide should fix that.
Rather than wait 30 minutes, try adding -vv to see progress
during a rebuilddb.

Comment 4 Need Real Name 2001-08-01 01:33:31 UTC
This is going to be a dumb question, but where on rawhide is rpm-4.0.3?  I
scouted through
a lot of it and found nothing later than 4.0.2 (in rpm format, of course, so I
don't know if I could
even have installed it with the ROM database busted!)

- Steve.

Comment 5 Need Real Name 2001-08-01 04:16:37 UTC
Ignore previous question.  I found rpm-4.0.3.

A few more data points:

I've got RPM 4.0.2 on this box. (How much real difference is there between 4.0.2
and 4.0.3? I
t looks like it's going to be a PITA to put 4.0.3 up due to dependencies,
conflicts in the
dependencies, etc.)

Here's where rpm --rebuilddb --vv is hanging:

D:   +++        389 kdelibs-sound-devel-2.1.1-5
D: adding "kdelibs-sound-devel" to Name index.
D: adding 74 entries to Basenames index.
D: adding "Development/Libraries" to Group index.
D: adding 17 entries to Requirename index.
D: adding 1 entries to Providename index.
D:   +++        390 kdevelop-1.4.1-2
D: adding "kdevelop" to Name index.
D: adding 1309 entries to Basenames index.
D: adding "Development/Tools" to Group index.
D: adding 52 entries to Requirename index.
D: adding 1 entries to Providename index.
D: adding 1 entries to Conflictname index.

So at a guess the corruption is in the kdevelop package.

I tried to erase kdevelop, but got the following error:

[root@localhost steve]# rpm --erase kdevelop-1.4.1-2 -vv
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Packages  mode=0x82
D: locked  db index       /var/lib/rpm/Packages
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Name  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Requirename  mode=0x82
D: getting list of mounted filesystems
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Basenames  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Group  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Providename  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Conflictname  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Triggername  mode=0x82
D: opening db index       /var/lib/rpm/Depends create mode=0x82
memory alloc (2237676289 bytes) returned NULL.
[root@localhost steve]#

What next?

- Steve.

Comment 6 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-01 12:34:32 UTC
Send me a pointer (i.e. URL, bugzilla attachments won't work) to a tarball
of your database
	cd /var/lib
	tar czvf /tmp/rpmdb.tar.gz rpm
and I'll take a look.

Comment 7 Need Real Name 2001-08-02 14:00:28 UTC
The tarball is available for anonymous FTP at ftp.scr.siemens.com.
This site doesn't display directories to FTP, but I've verified that
it is there.  Please let me know when you have it so that I can delete

- Steve.

P.S. I've also noticed several directories under /var/lib:


(CDROM burner messed up the case.) If you think they'd be useful,
please let me know. -S.

Comment 8 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-02 16:54:06 UTC
Full URL of file please, as here's what I see:
bash$ ncftpget ftp://ftp.scr.siemens.com/rpmdb.tar.gz
ncftpget: server said: rpmdb.tar.gz: No such file or directory.

rpm --rebuilddb builds into a temp directory, if the
rebuild fails, the temp directory is left behind.
Nuke the directories at your convenience.

Comment 9 Need Real Name 2001-08-02 17:27:50 UTC
Sorry, I forgot that you can't log in as anonymous to retrieve files off this directory.  
I'll send you instructions by separate mail for security reasons. If Earthlink hadn't messed up my space
allocations, I'd have had this done hours ago. Thanks, -S.

Comment 10 Need Real Name 2001-08-02 17:37:36 UTC
Apart from the username and password I sent you by separate mail, the URL would be 

You must specify the username and password, a la'

ftp ftp.scr.siemens.com
Name (ftp.scr.siemens.com:masticol): <username>
331 Password required for <username>
Password: <password>
ftp> hash
Hash mark printing on (1024 bytes/hash mark).
ftp> bin
200 Type set to I.
ftp> get rpmdb.tar.gz
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for rpmdb.tar.gz (5740494 bytes).
[a lot of times]
226 Transfer complete.
5740494 bytes received in 9.6 seconds (5.9e+02 Kbytes/s)

- Steve.

Comment 11 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-02 18:33:49 UTC
The database problem has been fixed in private e-mail. Please
reopen this bug if not.