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Bug 32880 - Packages corrupted while installing an rpm with disk full
Packages corrupted while installing an rpm with disk full
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: 2001-03-23 15:29 EST by Alex Vorobiev
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Description Alex Vorobiev 2001-03-23 15:29:51 EST
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Packages file gets corrupted when trying to install any RPM while the disk
is full.  

can't tell actuall package revisions 'cause rpm db is corrupt:
latest RPM, from updates
latest db3, from updates

/var partition filled up
while trying to install latest vim-common from updates, received error that
mentions a .c file (unfortunately, haven't saved the error message). 
immediately after that, any rpm queries would fail:

[root@sasha rpm]# rpm -qa
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - Invalid argument (22)

[root@sasha rpm]# rpm --rebuilddb
error: cannot open Packages index

[root@sasha rpm]# db_verify Packages 
db_verify: Page 1197: Invalid next_pgno 1198
db_verify: DB->verify: Packages: DB_VERIFY_BAD: Database verification

[root@sasha rpm]# db_dump -f dump Packages 
db_dump: Packages: file size not a multiple of the pagesize
db_dump: open: Packages: Invalid argument

this happened twice already.  my fault for not keeping an eye on the
partition, but i figure that the rpm db getting corrupted is a bad thing
and shouldn't happen anyway.  i don't know of any way to restore that file,
using -r and -R options with db_dump yield an unusable db file...  it's a
pain to lose my rpm db again...

any help would be appreciated


Reproducible: Didn't try
Steps to Reproduce:
i've reproduced it, but not intentionally.  my best guess is that it is
caused by full disk
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2001-03-23 16:00:52 EST
Sorry, I dunno of any fix either, although you're basically on the right path by
for db3 utilities to fix the hash access /var/lib/rpmPackages file.

The Right Thing To Do for rpm is to enable logging and transactions in db3, but
that hasn't been deemed worth the engineering effort yet.

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