Bug 3823 - upgrade to 6.0 failed due to link pb
upgrade to 6.0 failed due to link pb
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Matt Wilson
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Reported: 1999-06-30 06:57 EDT by proux
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-10 16:13:26 EST
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Description proux 1999-06-30 06:57:14 EDT
In the very begining 6.0 installation script, installation
try to
find rpmdatabase in /var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm
But on my system /var is a link to /tmp_var/var (I've got
one filesystem to /var and /tmp, /tpm is an other link to
I think, installation try to find packages.rpm on
but for me, it will become /tmp_var/var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm
and this file is not find out there. It shoud be
So instalation failed. If I recreate a normal /var every
think is allright !
Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-06-30 08:12:59 EDT
Installer is unable to find the RPM database when it is located on a
symbolically linked volume.  This issue has been forwarded to the
installer developer for further action.
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-30 19:07:59 EDT
Make sure you use a relative link as in

	cd /
	ln -sf tmpvar/var var

Please reopen if this doesn't fix the problem.
Comment 3 proux 1999-07-01 03:20:59 EDT
It's already a symbolic link !
Comment 4 Jay Turner 2000-02-10 16:13:59 EST
This issue is a result of the symbolic link being absolute instead of relative.
This is what causes the problem.  Changing the link from an absolute to a
relative link will solve the problem.

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