Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 30795
Wrong rpm -U script run order
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:59 EDT
If you upgrade a package with %pre, %post, %preun, %postun, scripts by
command rpm -U package_name the uninstall scripts (e.g. %postun) of old
package runs after the install script of the new package. For example the
new package make changes in configuration files but the old removes them...
Reproducible: In some cases
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Get a package with scripts (e.g. vacation from contrib)
2. Install it
3. Build a new release
4. Upgrade it with rpm -U
User rpm -e after rpm -i to upgrade a package, but in case of more complex
package dependencies it is problematic.
Yes, rpm installs before remove.
The order of script execution (including triggers) is in
I'm surprised this is NOTABUG - I have just come across it myself and
the behaviour, although as documented, is very non-intuitive.
In my case the postinstall script copies a file to a predefined
location and the postuninstall removes it. This means that on upgrade
the file is copied and then deleted by the removal of the old package!
Is there a workaround apart from not using rpm -U ?