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Bug 206734 - wrong URL's in /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date can cause yum to hang
wrong URL's in /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date can cause yum to hang
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: up2date (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Bryan Kearney
Beth Nackashi
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Reported: 2006-09-15 18:26 EDT by Michael DeHaan
Modified: 2013-01-10 03:55 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: beta2
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Last Closed: 2006-12-22 19:17:30 EST
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Description Michael DeHaan 2006-09-15 18:26:37 EDT
Description of problem:

Certain forms of bogus URL's in /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date can cause yum to hang
indefinitely.  As far as I can tell, there's no good way to figure out the
source of the error.

Wrong URL's originally used that hang yum:


Correct (no-hang) URL's:


How I stumbled upon this:  In this particular example, I keyed in the wrong
URL's to rhn_reg_ks and then found this out when I tried to use yum for the
first time.  You can still get the same symptom by changing an existing
installation to the "wrong" URL's above.

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

RHEL 5 Beta 1

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1.   Install RHEL 5.
2.   edit /etc/sysconfig/rhn/up2date to use the following server URL's
3.   yum update
Actual results:

yum hangs and must be killed or suspended (Ctrl+C doesn't work).

Expected results:

An eventual error message about the connection problem should be shown and yum
should exit.

Additional info:

certain "wrong" URL's (such as just changing the string "webqa" to "bogus", i.e.
http://xmlrpc.rhn.bogus.redhat.com/XMLRPC *don't* cause an infinite hang, they
eventually cause a connection failed traceback, I didn't explore much further to
find out exactly what part of the URL being wrong caused problems, though the
first "wrong" URL's mentioned in this report do cause the lockup.
Comment 1 James Bowes 2006-09-19 16:47:19 EDT
This is the same bug as #177062. But we'll leave this one open, I guess, since
it's for RHEL 5.
Comment 2 James Bowes 2006-09-25 12:06:15 EDT
And just like #177062, it should be fixed.
Comment 3 Fanny Augustin 2006-12-04 13:47:00 EST
It only happens if someone misconfig it.  Not a blocker.
Comment 4 RHEL Product and Program Management 2006-12-22 19:17:31 EST
A package has been built which should help the problem described in 
this bug report. This report is therefore being closed with a resolution 
of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the solution does 
not work for you.

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