Bug 248923 - rpm eats too much memory when removing kernel-devel
Summary: rpm eats too much memory when removing kernel-devel
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Panu Matilainen
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
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Reported: 2007-07-19 16:40 UTC by Pierre Ossman
Modified: 2009-01-09 07:10 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 07:10:39 UTC
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Description Pierre Ossman 2007-07-19 16:40:33 UTC
When trying to uninstall a kernel-devel package, rpm eats so much memory that it
gets killed by the OOM reaper. A machine with 700 MB of free memory is
insufficient for it, so I suspect a memory leak.

The last line shown is this:

D: opening  db index       /var/lib/rpm/Basenames create mode=0x42

I've run the following line in an effort to reduce problem areas, but still no go:

rpm -e -vvvvvvvv --justdb --noscripts --notriggers kernel-devel-2.6.19-1.2912.fc7

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2007-07-19 17:01:32 UTC
Run valgrind if you suspect a memory leak.

I'll save you the trouble:

FIxed in rpm-4.4.9 release


Comment 2 Pierre Ossman 2007-07-19 17:35:36 UTC
When can we expect an updated package? :)

Comment 3 Pierre Ossman 2007-07-19 17:46:32 UTC
Oh, right, Jeff. Could you point to a patch then so that it can be applied to
Red Hat's tree?

Comment 4 Panu Matilainen 2007-07-20 06:00:00 UTC
Both the problem now that skipDirs is no longer used, and the tagged fileindex
patch from Michael Schroder of Suse are well known and don't need to be pointed
to, thank you...

Out of curiosity, how many kernels do you have, something like > 6? Yum
installonlyn plugin is supposed to keep the number of kernel(-devel) packages
tolerable, but of course that wont help if you manually install them with rpm.

Comment 5 Pierre Ossman 2007-07-20 11:54:09 UTC
[root@chronos ~]# rpm -q kernel-devel | wc -l


I don't use yum, but that's an entirely different discussion and one we need not
go in to here.

Comment 6 Jeff Johnson 2007-07-20 12:33:58 UTC
With 56 kernel devel packages, you are looking at an algorithm that scales something like

$ rpm -ql kernel-PAE-devel | wc -l

(5.6e1 * 1.5e3) ** 3

Ignoring multiplication details, that is ~10**12, a very large number indeed.

Both rpm memory and processor usage scale as (# of duplicate basenames) ** 3.

But be sure to use valgrind to look for memory leaks!

Panu: BTW, the SuSE patch causes rpmdb segfaults if you downrev rpm without doing --rebuilddb.

Comment 7 Pierre Ossman 2007-07-20 13:08:55 UTC
Any alternative way to purge the entries out of the database? It's easy to
remove the files manually for this package.

Comment 8 Pierre Ossman 2007-07-20 15:23:35 UTC
I can also add that I had the same number of "kernel" packages, but there was no
problem uninstalling those.

Comment 9 Red Hat Bugzilla 2007-08-21 05:35:15 UTC
User pnasrat's account has been closed

Comment 10 Panu Matilainen 2007-08-22 06:33:17 UTC
Reassigning to owner after bugzilla made a mess, sorry about the noise...

Comment 11 Panu Matilainen 2007-08-27 10:19:20 UTC
Wrt comment #7, one way to get rid of those kernel-devel packages is to
temporarily downgrade to rpm 4.4.2 from F7 (non-update). Yes it's .. sick.
Or build a custom rpm with skipDir, but downgrading is likely to be easier and

Comment 12 Pierre Ossman 2007-08-27 11:52:01 UTC
The machine in question has been replaced, so I am in no need to have this fixed
right now. The old system is still accessible if you want me to perform tests,
but the rush is no longer there.

(I still think this should be fixed though in case it happens again.)

Comment 13 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 13:24:59 UTC
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
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Comment 15 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 07:10:39 UTC
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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