Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 78366
rpm freezes over
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
I tried to uninstall VMwareWorkstation-3.1.1 evaluation version. I run "rpm -ev
package-name", it obviously did a few things (i've heard the HDD making noises),
but then the rpm process was frozen: it didn't return the command-line prompt.
I waited for a reasonable time (a few minutes). Nothing. Still frozen. The
system was not busy at all.
I tried CTRL-C. No reaction.
I tried "killall rpm". Nothing.
I tried "kill pid". Nothing.
At last, i run "kill -9" on the pid and that killed it. However, now i'm worried
about the status of my RPM database. :-(
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
It is not the first time rpm freezes over with Red Hat 8.0
Obviously, something's very wrong with it. Please identify the bug.
Ok, now i'm trying to "rpm -Uvh" another package, and rpm is blocked. It does
not install the package, it does not return an error. I have to kill -9 it.
rpm --rebuilddb doesn't work either. Again, only kill -9 solves it.
Very bad. :-(
Ok, i rebooted the system, and now i can run rpm again. I'm rebuilding the
database right now.
"Reboot to fix" doesn't seem like Linux...
I knew this was a plot to make me run WinDoze!
Yup, you need to do
rm -f /var/lib/rpm/__db*
after doing "kill -9", that's what the reboot did for you.
Original problem was probably missed SIGCHLD, packages
with that fix currently at
See bugzilla #73097 for details.