Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 174158
up2date errors reported do not help to resolve the problem
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:09 EST
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Description of problem:
NOTE: This BZ is about up2date __NOT__ the specific example concerning
serviceguard/pidentd mentioned below.
When running 'up2date -u' the following 'unhelpful' message was produced:
Unresolvable chain of dependencies:
serviceguard-A.11.16.01-0 requires pidentd = 3.0.15sg
First impressions upon seeing this was that there was an issue with one or both of these packages, however both packages had been successfully installed by rpm with no errors or problems.
In order to figure out the problem further it was necessary to enable debug output from up2date, this then gave a few more clues:
Processing dependency (('serviceguard', 'A.11.16.03', '0'), ('pidentd',
'3.0.15sg'), 8, None, 0)
D: Dependencies: [('serviceguard', 'pidentd')]
D: Dep ['pidentd'] Fetched via: [['authd', '1.4.1', '1.rhel3', '', 'i386',
D: Got back response: [['authd', '1.4.1', '1.rhel3', '', 'i386', '40578',
D: Already selected: ['authd', '1.4.1', '1.rhel3', '', 'i386', '40578',
This was still not entirely helpful but at least suggested that the two packages authd and pidentd should be scrutinised in more detail. Further investigation revealed that up2date had selected authd to be installed but existing package pidentd conflicts with it:
[root@bill up2date_client]# rpm -Vvv pidentd
D: Requires: sed YES (db provides)
D: read h# 85 Header V3 DSA signature: OK, key ID db42a60e
D: Requires: util-linux >= 2.11a-4 YES (db provides)
D: Conflicts: authd NO
The solution from here was simple, add authd to the package exclusion list, however getting to this point took many hours because up2date did not provide me with any better clues as to what the problem might be and I had to figure out how to obtain the additional debug info for myself.
In searching google I see many similar unresolved problems (different packages mentioned of course) reported by lots of people. Whilst I don't necessarily have the expectation that up2date will say something as useful as:
"Cannot install authd because of conflict with installed package pidentd"
(But wouldn't that be great!!!)
It would be useful to at least mention something about the packages relating to the dependency issue, in this case authd.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
The problem above can probably be reproduced with any rpm combination that has a conflict with another package that up2date might want to install.
Actual Results: The 'Unresolvable chain of dependencies' problem means that update -u will not complete successfully until the issue is resolved.
Expected Results: Up2date should provide more informative and useful messages to help the user identify and resolve the problem. In an ideal world it would identify the problem and recommend a possible course of action, using the above example this might resemble:
Problem: "Cannot install/update the package authd (identified for update) because of a package conflict with the currently installed package pidentd".
Action: "Remove currently installed package pidentd OR add the selected package authd to the up2date package exclusion list."
This approach could be extended to include other types of dependency related problems.
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