Bug 109526 - Installing RealPlayer RPM trashes RPM database
Installing RealPlayer RPM trashes RPM database
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-11-08 20:29 EST by J. J. Ramsey
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-11-22 10:35:49 EST
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Description J. J. Ramsey 2003-11-08 20:29:05 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.4.1)

Description of problem:
Knowing that RealPlayer does not get along with NPTL, I installed the
RPM by running

LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.4.19 rpm -Uvh rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm

This at first appeared to work, but running rpm -ql would get me some
complaint about db_error. (Sorry, but I don't have the error message
handy to cut and paste.) I then ran "rpm --rebuilddb" to fix the
problem, and things fell apart. "rpm -q rpm" yields "package rpm is
not installed", even though rpm is installed. Same story with the yum,
gcc, and several others. "rpm -qa" does list several rpms--but not all
the ones that are installed.

If I could find out how to recover without reinstalling Fedora, that
would be nice!

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RPM version 4.2.1

How reproducible: Didn't try (Of course I didn't try! Right, like I'm
going to reinstall Fedora to get a sane RPM database so I can trash
the database?!?)
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-11-10 12:58:32 EST
    rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*
    rpm --rebuilddb -vv
Verify by doing
    rpm -qa

BTW, adding LD_ASSUME_KERNEL during install does not affect
realplayer execution whatsoever.
Comment 2 J. J. Ramsey 2003-11-10 16:33:48 EST
> BTW, adding LD_ASSUME_KERNEL during install does not affect
> realplayer execution whatsoever.

As explained on fedora-list, the RealPlayer RPM pops up a GUI during
the post-install. LD_ASSUME_KERNEL does affect *that*.
Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2003-11-22 10:35:49 EST
Then this is a packaging error, and the %post needs to
add LD_ASSUME_KERNEL. rpm has never supported envvars passed
from the CLI to a scriptlet. If anything, the environment will
be trashed and burned in rpm to make packages installable w/o envvars.

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