Bug 19069 - update agent fatal error
Summary: update agent fatal error
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: up2date   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Preston Brown
QA Contact: Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2000-10-13 18:20 UTC by M Katzman
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:29 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2000-11-24 21:24:32 UTC
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Description M Katzman 2000-10-13 18:20:39 UTC
re: update agent

When we run the update agent on our newly installed RHL7 it checks
packages, retreive headers and then dies - There was a fatal error
communicating with the server.  The message was: Unable to access RPM
package: ['sysstat', '3.2.4', '4'"].

We hit OK,  the whole thing closes up and is gone.  Tried a few times, 
tried after a re-boot, no change.

We are on a PPro233,  intel m/b,  SMC (tulip) eth.  Browsing is 100% over
ADSL.  Nothing other than clean install of Linux yesterday on this system. 
What else might you want to know?
If he remembers the details East-Coast-Chris might be able to answer any
questions if you have - (he and the rest of the installation support team
have been great with their level of knowledge and attitude - we thank
them).  We are listed under "mkatzman".

e-mail you have,  phone 416.224.5115 x 240

Thanks in advance.


Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-10-17 22:53:10 UTC
Can you try it again now? I think were connecting to the RHN servers while we
were in the process of updating the errata listing and you might have got a bad

Comment 2 James Ralston 2000-10-21 01:35:01 UTC
I do not believe this is/was a temporary problem, as I've been encountering the
same problem for about a week now.

To reproduce it, all I have to do is to run up2date when I have updates, select
at least one package to update, and click on "Next".  During the "Retrieving
Packages" phase, after the first package is downloaded, up2date bombs out with:

Traceback (innermost last):
  File "/usr/share/rhn/up2date/gui.py", line 350, in doRetrieval
  File "/usr/share/rhn/up2date/up2date.py", line 527, in getPackage
    raise CommunicationError(f.faultString)
up2date.CommunicationError: Error communicating with server.  The message was:
Invalid RPM package requested:

However, *sometimes* it does actually work.  So far, I haven't been able to
discern any pattern in anything I do during successful runs versus unsuccessful

I can work around this problem by using "up2date -l" to get the package list,
and then downloading and installing them myself.  (I always do the installs
myself, because I want to know what scripts and triggers a package contains.)
But it would be nice to have a solution for this.

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2000-10-23 23:48:51 UTC
I'm having exactly the same problem, both with up2date as distributed with Rh7
and with
the updated up2date-2.0.6-1.

Comment 4 Idcmp 2000-11-24 21:24:29 UTC
Ignoring for a moment that a leap of faith is needed to figure out that up2date
anything to do with the "RHN Registration" icon my desktop,  upon running
it I get the following error dialog:

 There was a fatal error communicating with the server.  The message was:
  Unable to access RPM package: ['modutils','2.3.20','1','']

I click okay and everything disappears.

Comment 5 Preston Brown 2000-12-27 21:47:59 UTC
there was a problem with the server side code for retrieving source .rpm 
packages.  It has been fixed.

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