Bug 32939 - rpm 4.0.2-6x causes Seg fault on all operations
Summary: rpm 4.0.2-6x causes Seg fault on all operations
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm   
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Version: 6.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jeff Johnson
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-03-23 22:09 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:32 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-24 15:28:27 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2001-03-23 22:09:17 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.1 i686)

When I try to use rpm or up2date to do anything it returns with
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.ran up2date and got the new rpm packages
2.submitted a bug report when 4.0.2 wouldn't run
3.downloaded the rpm-python package when it became available
4.rpm -Uvh on rpm-python
5.rpm now fails all commands

Actual Results:  rpm will execute at all !!
it simply responds with:
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
(I don't know how to debug a core.)

Expected Results:  I read the bug reports and installed rpm-python as
instructed from the ftp site but now nothing works !!

This would be fine if it was any other package but now I can't do anything
with packages since rpm is hosed.  I consider this high priority since rpm
is broke.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2001-03-23 22:20:48 UTC
What exactly is failing?
	rpm -qa
	rpm --initdb
	rpm -Uvv

Meanwhile, try doing "rpm --rebuilddb"

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2001-03-24 00:31:58 UTC
Thank you for your quick response.  I should have been more explicit.
rpm commands that work and give expected results:
	rpm -qa
	rpm -qi (on any rpm package)
	rpm --initdb
	rpm --version
rpm commands that produce a Segmentation fault
	rpm -i (on any package)
	rpm -Uvh (on anything)
	rpm --rebuilddb 
	rpm -Uvv (on any package)
the last command prints out all the dependency checks, opens the db index

Should I go and grab rpm-3.0.4 and then do a --force?  I am afraid this won't
work bacause inbetween installing rpm-4.0.2 and rpm-python-4.0.2 a few days
later I ran rpm --rebuilddb successfully.
and then prints out "Preparing packages for installation" and then fails

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 2001-03-24 14:45:26 UTC
I'm assuming that you are using rpm-3.0.x, rpm-4.0.x, on Red Hat 6.x.

OK, if --rebuilddb is segfaulting, then the file /var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm is
damaged somehow.

Hmm, you didn't perchance try Ximian and/or Nautilus recently did you?
Packages installed by those systems trigger a bug in rpm (yes the bug is in

Try doing
	rpm --rebuilddb -vv
Just before the segfault you may see the package that is causing the problem.
Try erasing that package and doing another --rebuilddb. Did that work?

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2001-03-24 15:28:23 UTC
Hmmm, that should have been "not rpm-4.0.x", but I see from the SUmmary
that you're trying to do that.

Are you using db1 (you have var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm) or db3 (you have
If you are already using db3, there's little reason to try to go back to

If you are using db3, what does
	db_verify /var/lib/rpm/Packages
have to say?

Comment 5 Need Real Name 2001-03-24 19:03:10 UTC
Thanks for responding again.  I had enough with my box, I had to do some
consulting today
and couldn't wait to use rpm again.  I had installed oracle on it and that
corrupted some files at
some point so it was due for a rebuild anyways.  Yes, I use helix-gnome or
whatever it is 
called, so maybe that caused the problems with rpm.  Anyways, I have stayed up
real late
last night and rebuilt and everything seems fine.  Oracle is working, rpm is
working, and I
have Ximian on as well.  By the way when is 7.1 coming out?

Thanks so much for you help !!

Comment 6 Paul Raines 2001-03-26 15:12:16 UTC
I had this same problem.  I upgraded to 4.0.2 and rpm was segfaulting all over
the place.  Even --rebuilddb failed.

The fix was to copy an old rpm 3.x binary to the machine and run --rebuilddb
with it.  This is what happened:

[root@tmp4 lib]# /root/rpm --rebuilddb
record number 9194776 in database is bad -- skipping.

I immediately did a --rebuilddb with the 4.0.2 rpm.  I was then able to use the
4.0.2 rpm without a problem.

So the new 4.0.2 is not as robust as the old 3.x one in handling database
problems in the db1 dbs
is what it looks like to me.


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