Bug 366891

Summary: f7 rpm can't be uninstalled on f8
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Mads Kiilerich <mads>
Component: avahiAssignee: Martin Bacovsky <mbacovsk>
Status: CLOSED CANTFIX QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 7CC: claude_jones, lpoetter, mpajoh, triage
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Description Mads Kiilerich 2007-11-05 15:36:33 UTC
Description of problem:
the rpm can't be uninstalled on F8, and yum thus can't upgrade from
avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7 to F8. The old avahi will seem to be installed, and there is
no(?) way it can be cleaned up automatically in future upgrades.

See #356871

If it is an F7 problem then I suggest that an F7 update is pushed before F8 is
finally released...

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
100% by forcing downgrading of an F8 system.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rpm -e avahi --nodeps
2. rpm -ihv avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7.i386.rpm --nodeps
3. rpm -e avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7
Actual results:
yum upgrade avahi
rpm -q avahi

Expected results:
uninstall possible, thus upgrade possible

Additional info:

Comment 1 Lennart Poettering 2007-11-11 18:01:03 UTC
*** Bug 375511 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 Mads Kiilerich 2007-11-11 19:21:08 UTC
Note that the fc7 rpm "almost" has been uninstalled during the upgrade to fc8;
it is only the script execution that fails.

The last traces of fc7 rpm can be removed with
rpm -e --noscripts avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7

Comment 3 Lennart Poettering 2007-11-29 23:56:02 UTC
*** Bug 390921 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 4 Lennart Poettering 2007-12-17 17:58:26 UTC
I am really not sure why this happens. Apparently ldconfig is returning non-zero
when deinstalling this package? If so, you are in serious trouble anyway, and I
see no point in hiding this in our postun script.

Our postun script basically just calls ldconfig and /sbin/service. The latter is
protected via ||: so definitely not the cause of this failure. 

Comment 5 Lennart Poettering 2007-12-17 18:39:28 UTC
Ok, the old version in 0.6.17 of the postun script lacks the ||:


And apparently we're doomed, because we cannot replace the old postun scripts of
already installed packages.

Comment 6 Lennart Poettering 2007-12-17 18:43:30 UTC
I am really not sure about this. Apparently the recommended way to fix this is
to ask the user to call "rpm -e --noscripts avahi-0.6.17-1.fc7" which totally sucks.

Comment 7 Mads Kiilerich 2007-12-17 23:16:54 UTC
I assume that most/many F7 now has been upgraded to F8 and has this problem.
Making an upgrade work is thus not that important - it's too late. But all the
machines out there with two avahi's should be cleaned up somehow. Last resort
could perhaps be a hack in F9 anaconda...

This issue is NEEDINFO from me, but I don't see what info is needed?

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