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Description of problem:
Asking rpm what packages require libc.so.6 gives an error message from db4,
db->close of denied permission. It comes after the long list of packages.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.env LANG=C rpm -q --whatrequires libc.so.6
Actual Results: Long list of packages (attached) followed by:
error: db4 error(13) from db->close: Permission denied
The list of packages appears to be correct, although I haven't checked it. I
haven't found this problem with any other library.
Created attachment 88968 [details]
Output from rpm command on the test system
Probably true, although I can't reproduce, as root or non-root,
using rpm-4.2-0.45, glibc-2.3.1-21, and kernel-smp-2.4.20-2.2,
all of which are pertinent while rpm is switching to using
The underlying issue is that db-4.1.24, for mysterious reasons
having to do with cache coherency in a db environment, reports
close failures explicitly. The error message is dutifully reported
by rpm, but afaict is always harmless (i.e. the fix will be to not
print the error message.)
Closing WORKSFORME because I can't reproduce with rpm-4.2-0.45.
I still get this with
and a kernel built from
Are there even more packages involved?
Could I have another chance and reopen this? I still see this on some
machines, for example one with this configuration:
It is quite repeatable, but it happens only for some packages. In the
hope it might give a clue, I enclose two straces, one where this
happens and one where it does not. I notice a strange difference in
the end. After having written the package name and version, rpmq
tries to open /var/lib/rpm/Name in READ/WRITE mode. Naturally, it
fails when I run this as non-root. This gives a "permission denied"
error, which is what is written in the error message, so it looks
suspiciously as the source of this problem. Also, the error message
does not appear if I run the command as root.
Created attachment 95706 [details]
Trace of rpmq where the problem appears
The command was: /usr/lib/rpm/rpmq -q kernel-source
Calls to gettimeofday were sorted out to reduce differences.
Created attachment 95707 [details]
Trace of a case where the problem does not appear
The command this time was: /usr/lib/rpm/rpmq -q libjpeg-devel
Again, gettimeofday is sorted out.
Are other processes accessing /var/lib/rpm concurrently?
There is a late repoen triggered by db->close that might
be expecting write access (non-root cannot create shared locks,
so cache can __db* cache can change while running, possibly
triggering the late reopen. Just a wild guess ...)
There is (or was) a dangling ptr if header bit array
was realloc'ed inopportunely. That's fixed in rpm-4.2.2-0.6.
Without a reproducer, this is gonna be a bear to track down.
Could you tar up and save /var/lib/rpm and attach a ptr here
if you encounter a reproducible case?
At http://www.carmen.se/pub/var.lib.rpm.tar.bz2 there is the contents
of the machine where I most often see this happen. (As you can see
from the contents, the machine has quite a mix of packages from
different releases. As mentioned previously, I believe all relevant
parts are up to date.)
The bug can be reproducibly triggered for example with
rpm -q --whatrequires libc.so.6 > /dev/null
An "lsof" doesn't reveal any other processes having anything in
I haven't had the time to try if rpm-4.2.2-0.6 is different. I'll do
that in a few days.
Oh, and: You're welcome! :-)
I cannot reproduce error as root or non-root using rpm-4.2.2
with your database. Of course that doesn't mean rpm-4.2.2 has
fixed anything, but db-4.2.52 is used instead of db-4.1.25.
I have your database, can/will try anything, but I can't fix
what I can't see :-(
I upgraded to 4.2.2-0.8. In my first tests I can't reproduce this
problem any more after that! :-)
Let me do a few more tests the next few days before closing this. But
with some luck, it is fixed. (Maybe my db kept triggering that
pointer you fixed in 4.2.2-0.6?)
Sorry, didn't mean to close just yet.
I've now exercised rpm in a number of ways, and this problem does
indeed seem to be gone! :-)