Bug 22983 - rpm --rebuilddb no longer removes duplicates
rpm --rebuilddb no longer removes duplicates
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-12-29 10:29 EST by Frank Ch. Eigler
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:30 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-12-29 10:29:34 EST
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Description Frank Ch. Eigler 2000-12-29 10:29:31 EST
When, somehow, the same RPM is installed twice, "rpm -qa" shows two
identical instances.  "rpm --rebuilddb" in the recent past was able
to eliminate one of the duplicate database entries; rpm-4.0-4 no
longer seems to be able to.  This leaves as the only recovery method
the complete uninstallation of the program ("rpm -e --allmatches")
followed by a reinstallation.

It may help to know that the host displaying this problem is "up2date"
with all glibc/rpm/etc. patches as of 2000-12-25 or so.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2000-12-29 11:01:21 EST
Um, removing duplicates during --rebuilddb was never "supported" functionality,
a dirty hack to work around a buggy development rpm that leaked through Raw
In fact, rpm is designed to be perfectly happy with multiple instances of the
same package
installed (and in the database).

Add --define '_filterdbdups 1' if you must, or (equivalently)
	mkdir -p /etc/rpm
	echo "%_filterdbdups 1" >> /etc/rpm/macros
but I suggest that you really need to look at how the duplicates are getting in
the database
in the 1st place, as that's where the real problem is.

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