Bug 368271 - selinux-policy-targeted update hangs
Summary: selinux-policy-targeted update hangs
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: yum   
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Version: 7
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 376071 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-11-06 14:50 UTC by Rex Dieter
Modified: 2014-01-21 23:00 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

Fixed In Version: 3.2.7-2.fc7
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-12-03 05:35:31 UTC
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source for a package which triggers the error on my test system (1.79 KB, application/octet-stream)
2007-11-06 20:16 UTC, Nalin Dahyabhai
no flags Details

Description Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 14:50:02 UTC
Thought it was a fluke once, but now it's happened on 2 boxes of ours.  Trying
to update to
simply hangs (ok, takes longer than 12 hours, which is how long I waited).

The first hang I saw was on a i386 box, this last on x86_64.

All I can see is a related processes that doesn't finish:
root     16658  0.0  0.0  72464  1224 pts/4    T    Nov05   0:00 /bin/sh
/sbin/fixfiles -C /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.pre restore
root     16685  0.0  0.0  72464   664 pts/4    T    Nov05   0:00 /bin/sh
/sbin/fixfiles -C /etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.pre restore

Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 15:09:51 UTC
Just had a 3rd machine trying to update and hang.  Bad.

Comment 2 Chris Shoemaker 2007-11-06 15:35:05 UTC
This is *really* bad. :(

Confirmed hangs on i386 and x86_64 when running "yum update" on F7 machines.

root     31923 31914  0 09:13 pts/3    00:00:00 /bin/sh /sbin/fixfiles -C
/etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.pre restore
root     31950 31923  0 09:13 pts/3    00:00:00 /bin/sh /sbin/fixfiles -C
/etc/selinux/targeted/contexts/files/file_contexts.pre restore
root     31951 31923  1 09:13 pts/3    00:01:19 /sbin/restorecon -v -f -

I will leave my processes in their hung state for a while if anyone needs info
to help debug this, (e.g.  I could attach gdb to restorecon, if someone thought
that would help) just contact me.

Otherwise, does anyone have advice on how to gracefully recover from the hung

Comment 3 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-06 16:06:26 UTC
Yes Is the process continuing to execute?  This procedure it to attempt to check
the previous version of file context versus the new and then run
restorecon/fixfiles on the difference.  This could take some time but not 12 hours.

Do you see disk activity and does top show restorecon running?

Comment 4 Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 16:23:52 UTC
I saw no activity (nothing on top, hd disk light off)

Comment 5 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-06 16:36:23 UTC
This is strange we just tried it here and it went fine.  selinux-policy-2.6.4-48
- selinux-policy-2.6.4-49

Comment 6 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-06 16:36:44 UTC
Which policycoreutils do you have installed?

Comment 7 Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 16:46:15 UTC
rpm -q policycoreutils

Comment 8 Chris Shoemaker 2007-11-06 16:53:09 UTC
same here, policycoreutils-2.0.16-11.fc7, and no disk or cpu load.

Daniel, feel free to ping me (shoe) in #fedora, for more info, too.

Comment 9 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-06 20:14:24 UTC
This turns out to be a yum/rpm python binding problem.

If a package that you are updating spews lots of data, yum gets into a dead lock

Comment 10 Nalin Dahyabhai 2007-11-06 20:16:52 UTC
Created attachment 249561 [details]
source for a package which triggers the error on my test system

This triggers the behavior when SELinux doesn't prevent the %post script's
output from being handed to yum (permissive mode, though I imagine SELinux
disabled would show identical behavior).

Comment 11 Daniel Walsh 2007-11-06 20:22:42 UTC
I am removing -v from fixfiles in policycoreutils to stop selinux from
triggering this error.  But if this screwed you environment.


Might help.

Comment 12 Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 21:06:23 UTC
Confirmed, guilty, my boxes in question are running in permissive mode.

Comment 13 Rex Dieter 2007-11-06 21:07:32 UTC
fwiw, it's not a good idea for pkg scriptlets to be spewing much, if any, output

Comment 14 Jeremy Katz 2007-11-12 22:17:25 UTC
Fixed in upstream yum, we'll be pushing an updated package in the near-ish
future (have another bug we're trying to track down first).  Dan has also made
the policy package spew less to make this less likely.

Comment 15 Jeremy Katz 2007-11-12 22:17:36 UTC
*** Bug 376071 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 16 Fedora Update System 2007-12-03 05:35:29 UTC
yum-3.2.7-2.fc7 has been pushed to the Fedora 7 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 17 Fedora Update System 2007-12-03 11:46:25 UTC
yum-3.2.7-2.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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