Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 4609
RPM software upgrade by RedHat for 486+
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:51 EDT
Is that just me or the latest upgrade for
rpm (rpm-3.0.2-6.0.i386.rpm) is compiled
for i486+, i.e. my 386 is too old to get
RedHat 6.0 with its updates?
Shouldn't it be named "rpm-3.0.2-6.0.i486.rpm"
It produces an "invalid instruction exception"
as soon as you request anything else than --help.
All Red Hat 6.0 packages, not just rpm, have this problem at the
moment. For 3 years, rpm has supplied optflags as -m486 which
meant "Permit i486 instruction scheduling but don't use i486
instructions." EGCS silently changed to permit i486 instructions
also. This was realized too late in the Red Hat 6.0 release cycle to
recompile all packages. The compiler in our 6.0 build system
has just been upgraded to one with the original -m486 semantics
(the egcs package from Raw Hide) so the problem will not occur
in the future. Howvere, all packages produced by the Red Hat 6.0
egcs will continue to use 486 instructions.
If you're on a i386 you will have to recompile from src.rpm's using
the egcs package from Raw Hide.