Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 152173
rpm once again doesn't work with non-NPTL kernels
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:02 EST
For a long time, rpm was being compiled in such a way that it would work on
non-NPTL kernels. As of rpm-4-4.1-2, it no longer does. Note that this is
independent of the other bug which was closed WONTFIX about problems caused by
db4 being compiled with NPTL support -- despite the fact that db4 was compiled
with NPTL support, until recently rpm worked on non-NPTL machines, but it no
longer does. Was this a conscious decision or an inadvertent change? If the
latter, can it be fixed?
"Work" with non-nptl kernels was not perfect. Reverting to DB_PRIVATE
if/when shared posix mutexes are not functional was not the right thing
to do and led to __db* cache corruption.
No fix to the problem of rpm compiled expecting +NPTL but running
in -NPTL environment is known, as db4 locks are compiled in. You
cannot have it both ways.
With FC4, getting things working without a 2.6 kernel is virtually impossible.
Which means that you always have nptl.