Bug 1580162 - Fails to update (no such file or directory for appstream in /var/cache)
Summary: Fails to update (no such file or directory for appstream in /var/cache)
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: PackageKit
Version: 28
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Richard Hughes
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-05-20 22:41 UTC by Sylvia van Os
Modified: 2019-05-28 23:15 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2019-05-28 23:15:40 UTC

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Description Sylvia van Os 2018-05-20 22:41:34 UTC
Description of problem:
PackageKit fails to check for updates with the following error:

Fatal error: Error when getting information for file “/var/cache/PackageKit/28/metadata/taw-Riot/repodata/37cbbc0f7f939386c5c86248c02302b215339f73ba53af3bef1ef56e17bc644c-appstream.xml.gz”: No such file or directory

Noticeably, dnf works fine.

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

How reproducible:
I'm not sure how it went wrong, but every update check simply fails with this error. Commands like "pkcon refresh force" and "pkcon update" fail in the exact same way.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run "pkcon update"

Actual results:
$ pkcon update
Getting updates               [=========================]         
Finished                      [                         ] (0%)  Command failed: Error when getting information for file “/var/cache/PackageKit/28/metadata/taw-Riot/repodata/37cbbc0f7f939386c5c86248c02302b215339f73ba53af3bef1ef56e17bc644c-appstream.xml.gz”: No such file or directory

Expected results:
PackageKit updates packages

Additional info:
This started happening after upgrading my Fedora 27 to 28. The update otherwise went flawlessly for as far as I can tell. I've already tried "sudo dnf clean all" as well, with no success. I was told on IRC to report this on the bugtracker.

Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2018-05-21 01:22:02 UTC
It appears you're using a repo that claims to support appdata but doesn't actually provide it.

Comment 2 Sylvia van Os 2018-05-21 13:47:52 UTC
Made an upstream report to https://github.com/taw00/riot-rpm/issues/14, which is the upstream behind https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/taw/Riot/. Still odd to me that PackageKit has issues with it that completely break PackageKit (cannot update anything else through it anymore either), but dnf will update from this repo just fine.

Comment 3 Rex Dieter 2018-05-21 19:13:02 UTC
dnf doesn't use appdata, if the repo does not include appdata, it should not include:

Comment 4 Rex Dieter 2018-05-21 19:14:00 UTC
Possible it's a copr bug, I've seen several cases are appdata doesn't get generated properly.

Comment 5 Todd Warner 2018-05-27 05:09:31 UTC
riot provides appdata as is required for desktop applications...
[todd@localhost ~]$ rpm -ql riot |grep appdata

I'm not sure I understand the issue.
Note: I am the maintainer of this RPM. If I am doing something incorrectly, I would love to know. Thanks!

Comment 6 piglist 2018-08-23 10:05:45 UTC
This is an issue with tons of COPR and third-party repositories. And for some reason the entire repo refresh operation will fail just because you have one repo without valid appdata.

Something really has to be done about this as soon as possible if the GUI updater is to remain reliable.

Comment 7 Matthias Runge 2018-09-21 06:22:46 UTC
I see this issue for disabled repos.

Fatal error: Error when getting information for file “/var/cache/PackageKit/28/metadata/rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver/repodata/appstream.xml.gz”: No such file or directory

pkcon repo-list
 Disabled   rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - NVIDIA Driver
 Disabled   rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver-debuginfo RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - NVIDIA Driver Debug
 Disabled   rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver-source RPM Fusion for Fedora 28 - Nonfree - NVIDIA Driver Source

There seems to be something fishy with this.

However, I can confirm, making sure
this works around the issue.

Comment 8 Mikel Pérez 2018-10-28 23:49:19 UTC
it also breaks package install suggestion on the console when it cannot find a program in the PATH

Comment 9 Gergely Gombos 2018-11-07 20:48:37 UTC
Getting the same issue on F29, breaking GNOME Software updates.
$ sudo pkcon refresh force -c -1

[...] „/var/cache/PackageKit/29/metadata/rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver-29-x86_64/repodata/appstream.xml.gz” [...]: No such file or directory

Comment 10 Ben Cotton 2019-05-02 20:21:12 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 28 is nearing its end of life.
On 2019-May-28 Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for
Fedora 28. It is Fedora's policy to close all bug reports from releases
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Comment 11 Ben Cotton 2019-05-28 23:15:40 UTC
Fedora 28 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-05-28. Fedora 28 is
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