Bug 52470 - rpm 4.0.3-0.93, corrupted db, segmentation fault
Summary: rpm 4.0.3-0.93, corrupted db, segmentation fault
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Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
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Version: roswell
Hardware: i386 Linux
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Assignee: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2001-08-24 01:37 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-24 15:55:00 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2001-08-24 01:37:10 UTC
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Description of problem:
I just upgraded rpm to the latest version from up2date and it corrupted my
db. I don't have any __db* (I removed them after reading the bug reports).
And when I try rpm --rebuilddb I get a seg fault

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. rpm -qa or rpm --rebuilddb
2. segmentation fault

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-24 01:46:27 UTC
Pointer (i.e. URL, bugzilla attachments won't work) to a copy
of your database
	cd /var/lib
	tar czvf /tmp/rpmdb3-52470.tar.gz rpm

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2001-08-24 02:56:18 UTC
Ok, first at the of the update (I was updating rpms from up2date), I got these
error messages:
error: db3 error(-30998) from db->close: DB_INCOMPLETE: Cache flush was unable
to complete
error: db3 error(-30986) from db->verify: DB_VERIFY_BAD: Database verification

For the link: http://mchouque.free.fr/rpmdb3-52470.tar.gz

Comment 3 Glen Foster 2001-08-24 15:54:56 UTC
We (Red Hat) should try to fix this before next release.

Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-24 16:29:29 UTC
Hmmm your database is badly hosed, checked by (you need db3-utils)
	cd /var/lib/rpm
	db_verify Packages

The 1st step is to attempt to repair using db_dump
	cd /var/lib/rpm
	mv Packages Packages-ORIG
	db_dump Packages-ORIG | db_load Packages
Nope, db_dump just runs forever ...

The next step is to try rpm --rebuilddb. Nope, that triggers
a segfault while trying to access a header w/o RPMTAG_NAME,
very much a "can't happen" condition. OK, another sanity check
added when accessing headers gets a little farther, but there's
yet another "can't happen" segfault later on.

So, I'd suggest looking for /var/log/rpmpkgs*, if cron has run
an rpm query, the names of the package files should be there.
If you have the list of packages,  you can recreate the database
by doing
	cd /var/lib
	mv rpm rpm-ORIG
	mkdir rpm
	rpm --initdb
	for pkg in <list of packages here>
	    rpm -i --justdb --noscripts --notriggers --nodeps $pkg

Comment 5 rosa 2001-08-24 16:59:00 UTC
I had the same message on roswell (redhat release 7.1.93).
To sum up: no rpm version after rpm-4.0.3-0.88 is usable for me.

I first noticed this after installing rpm-4.0.3-0.79 (since it had integrated
perl-Perl-RPM which was broken by newer rpm versions for a long time) on a
fairly default redhat 7.1 system:

db3 error(-30998) from db->close: DB_INCOMPLETE: Cache flush was unable to complete

Tried a newer rpm 0.83, same, newer db3, same, and at some point the
`segfault on headerFree' bug hit me and rpm would stop on
`memory allocation failed' on all queries that included those records.
I then tried rpm-4.0.3-0.88 but that only worsened things:

rpmdb: Program version 3.3.11 doesn't match environment version 3.3.4
error: db3 error(22) from dbenv->open: Invalid argument
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - Invalid argument (22)

on everything ..

So I rpm2cpio-d the rpm-4.0.2 packages and after discovering the
    # undo db1 configuration
    rm -f /etc/rpm/macros.db1
was able to use rpm again. It turned out that the rpm database
had been corrupted.

I was able to iteratively recover it by doing `db3_dump -p Packages'
and (in vi) deleting the corrupted entries which I found by taking the
next record after rpm -qa SEGV-d, and then db3_load-ing it again etc.

One week later I installed a totally different system *from scratch*
using roswell:


Then *used* rpm to upgraded some *normal packages*
(i.e. nothing related to rpm, db3, glibc etc.)
and soon had exactly the same `..DB_INCOMPLETE: Cache flush ...' error.

This time I found the newer rpm-4.0.3-0.91 on a mirror.
It had fixes for at least the header corruption problem so tried that.
After that again every rpm operation fails with:

rpmdb: Program version 3.3.11 doesn't match environment version 3.3.4
error: db3 error(22) from dbenv->open: Invalid argument
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - Invalid argument (22)

Same for rpm-4.0.3-0.93 which I found some hours ago today.

I suspect this is related to the build time db3/db.h having
DB_VERSION_PATCH 11 but haven't yet found where the 4 comes from.

What makes all this very messy is that it is quite hard
to have different versions of rpm on the same system
It used to be as simple as having /bin/rpm-2.1 and /bin/rpm-2.2.4
or whatever the versions where.
Nowadays it involves /usr/lib/rpm/rpm{?,db}, macro files,
rcfiles, /usr/lib/libdb* (db1, db2, db31, db3-3.2 and
db3-3.3 in rpm sources), /usr/lib/librpm*
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, making everything (e.g. --dbpath, -r, --rcfile )
`invalid argument's if you forget one thing.
chroot to another partition having a non-broken rpm and using rpm -r
also doesn't work.
Documentation is the source code afaik ...

For a program that is so pivotal to the redhat distributions
I find this a very strange state of affairs.

Comment 6 Need Real Name 2001-08-24 17:50:31 UTC
Yeah, I figured out my db was bad...  ;-(
I'll try tonight the recovery trick (fortunately I have a rpmpkgs in my log

Comment 7 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-24 17:56:16 UTC
If you have trouble recreating your database, I might
be able to recover some -> most of your Packages
file for you this weekend.
Reopen this bug if you need help.

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