Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 371611
Yum update interruption leaves scores of duplicate packages installed
Last modified: 2007-11-16 20:15:00 EST
Description of problem:
If yum is interrupted or dies before it can do the cleanup phase after the
package installations, it leaves duplicate entries in the rpm database that must
be cleaned manually with rpm -e
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
During a yum update, if the machine is interrupted during the cleanup phase for
any reason (controlling terminal died, kernel panic because of too little ram in
a xen image, etc), packages that have not hit the cleanup stage have duplicates
in the rpm database.
Also, doing yum update over an ssh connection and losing the connection midway
through the yum update causes this frequently.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run yum update
2. yum dies in the middle (killed or controlling terminal crashes)
3. rpm -qa and notice duplicates
I'd expect yum to be able to clean itself up on the next run or something.
See bug 21944 (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=219444). Now that
yum is in RH 5, this is becoming a more critical problem. If I install a bunch
of packages with rpm -ivh, it installs and cleans up packages one at a time
instead of batching all the operations. Why can't yum do the same thing? Is it
Bug type above! the bug referenced is bug 219444.
This is a hard feature to add, esp. for a RHEL-5.x update. However starting
with RHEL-5.1 we have included the yum-utils package which includes the
package-cleanup program, so there is a better method of "recovery" than rpm -e.