when I rpm -Fvvh the rpm it fails at:
D:running preinstall script (if any)
+ '[' -f /var/lib/rpm/Packages -a -f /var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm ']'
+ exit 1
execution of rpm-4.0.2-0.40 script failed, exit status 1
Both Packages and packages.rpm exist in /var/lib/rpm.
I'm using rpm-3.0.4-0.48, glibc -2.2-12 and db1-1.85. db2-2.4.14-5,
You need to remove one of packages.rpm or Packages, as you have both
a db1 and a db3 database present. on your system.
The smaller of the two is probably the one that needs to be nuked. If you
are using rpm-3.0.4, you should be using packages.rpm. Try doing
mv Packages Packages-SAVE
and install rpm. If the output of "rpm -qa" appears satisfactory, then remove
the file Packages-SAVE.
Finally, after upgrading, you should do "rpm --rebuilddb" to convert the
to db3 format.
FWIW, I mv'd Packages, which was the smaller file. That didn't work. rpm
thought I had nothng installed., e.g. glibc, bash,etc.
I then mv'd packages.rpm ,and put Packages back. That worked.
This may be because I rpm --rebuilddb in rpm-3 after I installed db3.
In any case it works now. thanks for your help.