Bug 101411 - --rebuilddb and -qa fails to create __db* files
--rebuilddb and -qa fails to create __db* files
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-07-31 15:10 EDT by Mitch Pirtle
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:56 EDT (History)
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2003-07-31 15:17 EDT, Mitch Pirtle
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Description Mitch Pirtle 2003-07-31 15:10:48 EDT
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Description of problem:
As mentioned in the rpm-list@redhat.com list, I cannot create indexes for rpm. 
I've changed LANG=en_US and also tried with LANG=C (and unset LANG), with no effect.

I cannot figure out how to pipe the results to a file for attachment:  

  rpm --rebuilddb -vv > hideously_slow.asc

still spews to the console.  Can you remind me how this is supposed to be done?

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Get a ThinkPad T30, install RH8, and up2date and ximian evolution updates.
2.  rpm (anything, rebuild, install, upgrade etc.)
3.  practice singing "Anticipation..."

Actual Results:  rpm --rebuilddb takes 8 minutes on a freshly-installed 1.2GHz
laptop, but takes half that time on my ancient dual-PIII 450.   ?

And when I am done, there are no __db* files in /var/lib/rpm...

Expected Results:  'rpm -qa' or 'rpm --rebuilddb' do not provide the __db* files

Additional info:

As soon as someone can remind me how to pipe the results to a file, I'll attach
to this bugreport.
Comment 1 Mitch Pirtle 2003-07-31 15:17:01 EDT
Created attachment 93301 [details]
results of rpm --rebuilddb -vv
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-31 15:31:10 EDT
Sanity checks:

1) I have ~1000 pkgs, /usr/bin/time rpm --rebuilddb -vv took 1:45.31 minutes
on 600 MHz dual i686, SCSI.

2) --rebuilddb does not recreate __db* files, any other command
run as root should create, but existence of __db* files is not
really a problem.

3) what version of rpm are you using?

Hmmm, so --rebuilddb on laptop is slow.

Can you provide "cat /proc/cpuinfo" from laptop?

Can you also check /usr/bin/time rpm -qa on your two machines?
Comment 3 Mitch Pirtle 2003-07-31 16:17:41 EDT
I did the sanity checks, and here's what I get:

1) I have 761 packages, and I get the following:

28.90user 4.08system 2:51.33elapsed 19%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0inputs+0outputs (500major+13298minor)pagefaults 0swaps

The most annoying part about this is that while it is running, all other
applications (evolution, terminals, konqueror, etc.) grind to a halt (almost
making me think the machine is hung or out of disk).  But you can see that
there's plenty of cpu to go around (Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 - M CPU 1.80GHz).

2) There are no __db* files, even after root doing 'rpm -qa', 'rpm --rebuilddb',
'rpmbuild --rebuild (SRPM)', etc.

3) rpm-4.1.1-1.8x

Results of 'rpm -qa' timing test: laptop was faster than old machine, but -qa is
not what is taking so long.  It is -Uvh, --rebuilddb, -e and -i that are taking
so long.

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2003-07-31 17:34:04 EDT
OK, then you're probably slow (but not exceptionally so) because
of disk writes, that's what differentiates -U/-e/-i/--rebuilddb from -qa.

The other processes stopping is (my guess) probably the same cause,
there's nothing magic that rpm is doing, I suspect that any output
intensive program would have similar effect on other processes, possibly
because of swapping.

Try running vmstat 1 in a window to eyeball your disk I/O. Running top
might give you a handle on swapped too.

SO what happens if you do, say,
    tar czvf /tmp/xxx.tar.gz /usr
while monitoring. Do disk writes cause slow response?
Comment 5 Mitch Pirtle 2003-08-01 09:21:30 EDT
Hmm, this machine is swapping like mad.  Could it be the new-and-improved kernel

I'm gonna try booting into the old kernel and see...

Regardless, looks like you're of the hook regarding RPM ;^)

Thanks for the help.

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