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Bug 78366 - rpm freezes over
rpm freezes over
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
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Reported: 2002-11-21 15:01 EST by Florin Andrei
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-11-21 15:14:11 EST
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Description Florin Andrei 2002-11-21 15:01:27 EST
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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. :-(

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How reproducible:
Didn't try

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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.
Comment 1 Florin Andrei 2002-11-21 15:03:43 EST
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.
Comment 2 Florin Andrei 2002-11-21 15:05:04 EST
rpm --rebuilddb doesn't work either. Again, only kill -9 solves it.
Very bad. :-(
Comment 3 Florin Andrei 2002-11-21 15:14:04 EST
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...
Comment 4 Jeff Johnson 2002-11-21 15:56:30 EST
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.

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