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Bug 81343 - Rpm with Freshen option downloads unnecessary files and crashes filling the disk
Rpm with Freshen option downloads unnecessary files and crashes filling the disk
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Johnson
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2003-01-08 05:16 EST by Pierre Francois
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:49 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-04-02 19:19:32 EST
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Description Pierre Francois 2003-01-08 05:16:33 EST
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Description of problem:
Issuing the command rpm with freshen option from a ftp mirror, like:

  rpm -Fvh ftp://some.ftp.server/some-PATH/*.rpm

causes a rather dumb behaviour of rpm:

a) it downloads all *.rpm the files, even the unnecessary
b) it fills the /var/tmp directory till it crashes causing a segmentation 

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. choose a ftp server offering more rpm files than your /var/tmp file can hold
2. issue rpm -Fvh ftp://that.ftp.server/some-PATH/*.rpm
3. wait the disk is full

Actual Results:  segmentation fault

Expected Results:  1. I expect rpm not to download any unnecessary files.
2. Rpm should check if there is enough room on /var/tmp before starting to 
download, and anyway stop in another way than with a segmentation fault

Additional info:

It would be wise to install at least some packages (with few or no 
dependencies) separately instead of everything together after downloading all 
the packages.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2003-04-02 19:19:32 EST
rpm downloads files in order to get the information
necessary to tell whether the file is to be installed.

This cannot be done by looking at file name alone, as
the epoch is contained only within the header, and the
epoch is necessary to tell whether a package is "newer"

Use some other means of upgarding, like up2date/apt/yum/autorpm/etc,
instead of a remote glob if you wish to minimize bandwidth and disk
space usage.

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