Bug 56804 - rpm.rpmsave backup directory created by installer
Summary: rpm.rpmsave backup directory created by installer
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
Blocks: 61590
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-11-27 23:56 UTC by Chris Ricker
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-04-04 20:21:48 UTC

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Description Chris Ricker 2001-11-27 23:56:15 UTC
Back in September, I upgraded a system from RH 7.1 to RH 7.2.  I was just
freeing up wasted space on the system, and discovered that the installer
apparently backed up the /var/lib/rpm directory to /var/lib/rpm.rpmsave,
wasting 20 megs on the system:

[root@hanuman lib]# ls -ld rpm*
drwxr-xr-x    2 root     root         1024 Nov 27 15:55 rpm
drwxr-xr-x    2 rpm      rpm          1024 Sep 16 21:02 rpm.rpmsave
[root@hanuman lib]# du -s rpm*
7975    rpm
12403   rpm.rpmsave
[root@hanuman lib]#

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2001-12-03 21:07:45 UTC
I believe this is necessary because we want to backup the original database
before preforming a rebuild on it. Assigning bug to an engineer.

Comment 2 Chris Ricker 2001-12-03 23:45:14 UTC
Well, I'll agree that the backup is necessary, but the installer should have
removed it afterwards....

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2002-04-04 20:36:08 UTC
But we don't want to remove it after install.  There is no way for me to tell
that the new RPM database is actually valid and has correct information. 
Leaving the old one there gives you at least something to fall back to in the
case that there is a problem.

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