Bug 207824 - Missing Dependency: bind = 30:9.3.2-20.FC5 is needed by package bind-config
Summary: Missing Dependency: bind = 30:9.3.2-20.FC5 is needed by package bind-config
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: bind
Version: 5
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Martin Stransky
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-09-24 00:35 UTC by Charles Curley
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2006-12-06 08:35:32 UTC

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Description Charles Curley 2006-09-24 00:35:23 UTC
Description of problem:

Yum appears to be picking up a bogus dependency.

This could be a yum/rpm problem, but it could also be a bind packaging problem
(specifically bind-config?), which is why I am filing it under bind.

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

RPM version 4.4.2

How reproducible:

Consistent across several machines.

Steps to Reproduce:

* Start with a fairly recent FC5 machine, e.g:

  [root@dragon ~]# rpm -qa | grep -i bind | sort

* Have bind-9.3.2-33.fc5.i386.rpm in your updates repo (note the package version
numbers). Rebuilding the repo data (instead of using the mirrored data) does not
make any difference.

* "yum update"
Actual results:

--> Running transaction check
--> Processing Dependency: bind = 30:9.3.2-20.FC5 for package: bind-config
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Missing Dependency: bind = 30:9.3.2-20.FC5 is needed by package bind-config

Expected results:

A nominal update with no hinky version number issues.

Additional info:

I've seen some pretty hinky version number systems, but this is a wierd one to me. 

* The 30: epoch at the beginning of the string. It isn't in the file names or
rpm database, but yum seems to think it's there. Where is it coming from?

* I have rpm rev 33 of bind-* installed, but the program is looking for 20. But
bind-config 33 is AWOL.

* Why are we trying to "upgrade" from 33 to 20?

* why are we trying to do anything at all with bind-config? I don't have it

[root@dragon ~]# yum update -t bind\*
Setting up Update Process
Setting up repositories
livna                                                                [1/4]
core                                                                 [2/4]
updates                                                              [3/4]
extras                                                               [4/4]
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Could not find update match for bind*
No Packages marked for Update/Obsoletion
[root@dragon ~]# yum list bind\*
Setting up repositories
livna                                                                [1/4]
core                                                                 [2/4]
updates                                                              [3/4]
extras                                                               [4/4]
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Installed Packages
bind.i386                                30:9.3.2-33.fc5        installed
bind-chroot.i386                         30:9.3.2-33.fc5        installed
bind-libs.i386                           30:9.3.2-33.fc5        installed
bind-utils.i386                          30:9.3.2-33.fc5        installed
Available Packages
bind-config.i386                         30:9.3.2-20.FC5        updates <=== !!??
bind-devel.i386                          30:9.3.2-33.fc5        updates
bind-libbind-devel.i386                  30:9.3.2-33.fc5        updates
bind-sdb.i386                            30:9.3.2-33.fc5        updates
[root@dragon ~]# rpm -qa | grep -i bind | sort

But when I list what's actually in my repo, I get:

[root@charlesc i386]# ls bind-9*
[root@charlesc i386]# ls bind-config-9.3.2-*

Where is bind-config 33? I also checked the main update site,
http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/updates/5/i386/. There
is no bind-config there at all, 20 or 33. But, since I don't have bind-config
installed, do I care?

Just for the halibut, I rebuilt my repo data. I get the same error.

This seems to be a known problem, although I couldn't find a bug on it. See bug
206046, https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=206046

Comment 1 Charles Curley 2006-09-24 03:27:27 UTC
On another system, I installed all of the other packages in my current list of
updates, bringing it up to date. After that, "yum list updates" lists
bind-config as the sole update to be made. So why is yum trying to update a
package that isn't installed?

Workaround: exclude bind-config, either in your yum.conf or on the command line.

Comment 2 Andre Robatino 2006-09-24 05:46:52 UTC
  The offending bind-config package was removed from most of the mirrors but not
all.  The remaining ones need to be contacted and told to delete it.  As an
aside, shouldn't it be possible to "push" the removal of packages to mirrors, as
well as their addition?

Comment 3 Charles Curley 2006-09-24 13:05:00 UTC
Thanks, Andre.

I proposed that the person responsible for letting the defective RPM loose on
the world be responsible for contacting the mirrors. (Which may already be the
case.) My upstream mirror seems to have deleted it.

As to pushing the removal of an RPM, how about pushing an RPM of the same name
and higher number that is effeectively a no-op, with an explanation in the

Comment 4 Andre Robatino 2006-09-24 18:49:56 UTC
  I don't even know if that functionality exists in RPM.  Anyway, I think a
mirror should be, well, a MIRROR.  Whatever software is being used to propagate
the packages should be capable of removing as well as adding them.  And if some
of the mirrors are adding packages by hand, that's not good.  I think that when
emails go out announcing new packages, and then some mirrors don't update for
DAYS, those mirrors are liabilities, not assets, since the current client
software has no way of knowing in advance if the given mirror will even have the
packages one is trying to update.

Comment 5 Andre Robatino 2006-10-11 08:33:37 UTC
  As of today, there is still at least one mirror that has the broken
bind-config package, since I occasionally get the yum error.  If whoever runs it
is too busy to fix this, they should just pull the plug, since they're not doing
anyone a favor this way.

Comment 6 Rickey Moore 2006-10-16 05:21:25 UTC
The darn thing keeps popping up weekly and it's killing me. Please stop the
abuse, some one just say "No" Okay? I agree with Andre, pull the gosh darn plug
as whoever is doing this just might not be a Fedora Friend. OK? Acknowledge it,
be Rersponsible for it. People are being hurt when their system blows up for
weeks and weeks. Pull the plug. Please pull the plug! This is a week after
Andre's comment. Pull the plug. Tomorrow is Monday. You can do it. Ric

Comment 7 Andre Robatino 2006-10-16 09:28:44 UTC
  Anyone know if there's a way to get a complete list of all the mirrors yum
uses in its default configuration, or at least which mirror it's using in a
specific run?  If I knew, I'd go through them to find which one is responsible.

Comment 8 Martin Stransky 2006-12-06 08:35:32 UTC
There were two updates already so I hope there isn't any problem yet...

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