Description of problem:
any rpm operation hangs, strace for "rpm -qa" attached.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
assam> rpm --version
RPM version 4.1
Not sure how to create the initial state. I suspect there may have
been an aborted rpm operation which may have created an inconcistent
state. Rebuilding the rpm database seems to fix it, but after two or
three rpm operations the hang is back and will happen reliably at
every subsequent operation. I can provide a complete snapshot
of /var/lib/rpm is it is helpful.
Created attachment 99838 [details]
gzipped strace of "rpm -qa"
strace of "rpm -qa". The process needed to be killed with "kill -9".
rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*
Did that fix?
Yes. On the mailing list, you pointed me in the right direction
(SIGPIPE), and I now save the output of rpm -q into a temporary file
prior to further processing.