Bug 46820 - rpm --rebuilddb segfaults after a user uses Kpackage
rpm --rebuilddb segfaults after a user uses Kpackage
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-07-01 09:21 EDT by Claudio Bandaloukas
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:34 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-07-02 07:09:09 EDT
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stderr output of rpm -vv --rebuilddb (21.74 KB, text/plain)
2001-07-01 09:35 EDT, Claudio Bandaloukas
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Description Claudio Bandaloukas 2001-07-01 09:21:30 EDT
Description of Problem:
When a _user_ (not root) uses kpackage, sometimes a crash occurs. After that, the 
rpm database is unusable. 
db_verify /var/lib/rpm/Packages gives no output.
rpm -vv --rebuilddb segfaults with
Segmentation fault

How Reproducible:
Not always

Steps to Reproduce:
Use kpackage until it crashes :-)

Actual Results:
rpm --rebuilddb segfaults
rpm -i segfaults
rpm -e sometimes segfaults

Expected Results:
rpm should update the database correctly ;-)

Additional Information:
I wonder if it is kpackage that does the damage. User programs shouldn't be able 
to do such damage.
Comment 1 Claudio Bandaloukas 2001-07-01 09:27:54 EDT
Oops, that was the output of rpm -qa
rpm -vv --rebuilddb output is in the attachment
Comment 2 Claudio Bandaloukas 2001-07-01 09:35:04 EDT
Created attachment 22328 [details]
stderr output of rpm -vv --rebuilddb
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2001-07-01 21:34:00 EDT
I have a similar, possibly related situation where rpm segfaults after -qa or --
rebuilddb or any other usage.  Gnorpm segfaults as soon as the root password is 

In my case I believe is is due to corruption of the db when StarOffice was 
uninstalled incorrectly.  "rpm -qa" shows a long list, then segfaults right 
after displaying the StarOffice package that no longer exists.  Attempts to use 
rpm to remove this package reply that the package does not exist.

I am a newbie, but if I can provide any information, please let me know.  This 
is a new RH7.1 install from a retail package (Delux Workstation).
Comment 4 Claudio Bandaloukas 2001-07-02 07:09:06 EDT
Ok, the problem seems to be a package called xmms-more-vis-plugins.

The package is a (bad) hack I made on an srpm from Mandrake ftp... 
(next time I'll learn ;-)

I use two methods in order to install packages.
One is rpm -Uvh (I tend to use it even when there was no previous release of a
The other is through mc's menu (I just press return on the rpm and press enter
on "install" or "upgrade")
I am not sure which one I used to install this package.

However the src.rpm and the rpms I made with rpm --rebuild can be found at
(they were rebuilt using xmms-1.2.5 libraries)

Note: I haven't tried these, and cannot guarantee they will not trash your
computer if run ;-)
Comment 5 Jeff Johnson 2001-07-25 17:05:27 EDT
I believe this problem is resolved. Please reopen if I'm wrong.

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