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Bug 115907 - Cannot open Packages index using db3
Cannot open Packages index using db3
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-02-16 18:16 EST by Dave Johnson
Modified: 2007-04-18 13:03 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-02-17 11:09:52 EST
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Description Dave Johnson 2004-02-16 18:16:42 EST
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Description of problem:
When attempting to install, query, or otherwise interact with the RPM
database using RPM, we get the following errors:

#rpm -Uvh ...
rpmdb: /var/lib/rpm/Packages: unexpected file type or formaterror:
cannot open Packages index using db3 - Invalid argument (22)error:
cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm

#rpm --rebuilddb
rpmdb: /var/lib/rpm/Packages: unexpected file type or formaterror:
cannot open Packages index

The permissions of /var/lib/rpm are identical to a working system. 
Removing the /var/lib/rpm/__db* lock files has no effect (as is
probably expected).  The 'file' utility reports that the Packages file
is "data".

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How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to Reproduce:
We're not sure how the database got into this state, so we're not sure
how to reproduce.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2004-02-17 11:09:52 EST
EINVAL during open is usually the new fangled O_DIRECT
kernel interpretation that breaks rpm.

You need to boot an older, 2.4.x kernel, upgrade to
rpm-4.2-1 from ftp.rpm.org, then reboot the kernel that you
are running.

Reopen this bug if that does not fix.

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